Mississippi HBCU STEM Programs Receive $250,000 in Support from Nissan

Last Updated on June 15, 2021

Mississippi HBCU STEM students pose for a group photo.

Nissan is again making a donation to Mississippi’s seven Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programming at each school.

“Students pursuing STEM-related degrees have a broad range of career opportunities,” said Keri Kelly, director, Diversity & Inclusion, Nissan Americas. “Mississippi’s seven HBCUs are preparing the change makers of tomorrow to take on the STEM roles that will undoubtedly change lives for the better. Nissan is thrilled to lend support to further develop and strengthen these programs.”

With this contribution, the company has invested nearly $1.5 million in Mississippi’s HBCUs since opening its Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in 2003. The Canton plant produces the Nissan Altima, Frontier, TITAN and NV van.

The seven HBCUs receiving a donation are:

  • Alcorn State University
  • Coahoma Community College
  • Hinds Community College – Utica Campus
  • Jackson State University
  • Mississippi Valley State University
  • Rust College
  • Tougaloo College

Nissan recognized each of these HBCUs during a virtual event where several current Nissan employees, who are themselves Mississippi HBCU alums, shared what their education has meant to their career growth at Nissan.

“Our business has undoubtedly prospered thanks to the efforts of the HBCU graduates who have come to work for us,” said Tim Fallon, vice president, Manufacturing, Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant. “HBCU graduates are well prepared for the challenges of engineering and manufacturing award-winning Nissan cars and trucks. We’re proud to support Mississippi’s HBCUs in their continued efforts to deliver quality STEM programming to students across our great state.”

Source: Black PRWire

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