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NNSA HBCU partnership creates opportunities for minority students in critical fields

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today congratulated Allen University and the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Centers Atlantic for signing a new agreement that will help foster growth in science, technology, engineering and math education and train the next generation of nuclear security professionals.

The signing, which took place this week on the Allen University campus in Columbia, S.C., is part of NNSA’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Pipeline Project.

SPAWAR, one of three Department of Navy major acquisition commands, delivers higher-end Navy information technology products and services to the fleet and other Defense Department stakeholders.

“This signing symbolizes a partnership that will lead to new opportunities for minority students interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math,” said NNSA’s Assistant Administrator for Management and Administration Gerald L. Talbot, Jr. “NNSA, through its HBCU Pipeline Project, is committed to developing the next generation of experts who can carry out our many missions across the nuclear security enterprise and around the world.”

NNSA’s Pipeline Project includes scholarships, mentoring programs, research opportunities, teacher training and outreach to middle and high school students and educators. Current participants include Allen University, which acts as the lead institution, South Carolina State University, Voorhees College and Claflin University.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.