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Rockwell Collins named a 2009 Top Supporter of HBCUs and minority serving institutions


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa . - Rockwell Collins has been named a 2009 Top Supporter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and minority serving institutions by the deans of the ABET-accredited engineering programs and the corporate-academic alliance Advancing Minorities’ Interests in Engineering (AMIE).

“We’re honored to be recognized for our work in supporting HBCUs,” said Jeff Moore, senior vice president, Operations at Rockwell Collins and executive sponsor to North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, one of the company’s trusted partner schools for recruiting “The relationships we have forged with these institutions will play a critical role in developing a highly skilled, professional and diverse workforce.”

Top Supporters were selected based on results of an editorial survey conducted by U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine. In its seventh year, the survey asks deans of HBCUs to rate an organization’s support for infrastructure modernization and enhancement, research support, participation in advisory councils, internships, co-ops, career opportunities, scholarships, stipends, student projects and faculty development opportunities.

Rockwell Collins works closely with HBCUs such as North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and Tuskegee University - to provide scholarships, grant funding and recruiting opportunities. Employees participate in on-campus information sessions, resume critiques and class room chats. In addition, the company hosts a Corporate Day for students to discuss how they have used charitable contributions over the past year, and organizes Senior Design Projects where students develop projects that may be beneficial to Rockwell Collins technologies and cadence with Rockwell Collins engineers throughout the year.

“We’ve worked hard to build relationships that increase the overall interest level, knowledge and understanding of our company at HBCUs,” said Gerri Crockett, systems engineer and co-coordinator along with LaToya Southerland for Rockwell Collins activities at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. “When we walk on campus, we want students to recognize us for our sound reputation and active involvement supporting educational opportunities.”


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