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Cal State L.A. and Boeing inspire
Southern California students to
pursue engineering and technical careers
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4, 2005 Â To help reverse an alarming shortage of engineers, scientists and other skilled technicians in todayÂs workforce, The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology at California State University, Los Angeles will sponsor an engineering and technology career awareness fair for local middle school, high school, college students and their teachers on Thursday, October 6, 2005, at the Cal State L.A. Golden Eagle Ballroom.
Through a number of interactive hands-on activities and mentoring opportunities with Boeing engineers, the career fair will provide students with the resources they need to learn more about technical careers in aerospace. Students from seven high schools and three middle schools in the Los Angeles, San Gabriel, Covina-Valley, Moreno Valley, and Conejo Valley unified school districts will be in attendance.
ÂBoeing has a vested interest in the future and education of our youth,Â said John Tracy, vice president of engineering for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, and executive liaison for Cal State L.A. ÂThrough this collaboration with CSULA we hope to increase teacher effectiveness in math and science, and inspire future engineers and scientists to create new products for our customers.Â
Cal State L.A. is home to both the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement) Schools Program (MSP) and MESA Engineering Program (MEP). CSULAÂs MSP starts by assisting students at middle and senior high schools in underrepresented communities to excel in math and science, and become eligible for admission to science and engineering programs at four-year colleges and universities.
ÂApproximately 450 students currently participate in CSULAÂs MSP,Â said Enrique Gonzalez-Salgado, director of CSULAÂs MSP. He adds, ÂA full 70 percent of graduating MSP high school students continue on to a four-year university, and nearly 67 percent of these students study a discipline based on math or science.Â
Designed to enhance the MESA Schools Program, Cal State L.A.Âs MEP is an innovative academic and educational retention program that supports engineering and computer science students at CSULA in attaining a four-year baccalaureate degree.
ÂThe CSULA MEP has a 92% retention rate of students progressing from first to second year,Â said Eric McDowell, director of CSULAÂs MEP, noting that Âmany CSULA MEP alumni have moved on to accept highly sought-after positions in a variety of engineering fields, from aerospace to electronics communications.Â
The Boeing Company cares about the quality and outcomes of early learning through 12th grade education throughout the United States in every community in which its employees live and work. Boeing is committed to strategically focus its investments by concentrating on teacher effectiveness, especially in the areas of math, science, and literacy, and in school leadership. The companyÂs ongoing commitment to education includes charitable investments in early learning through 12th grade and higher education in 29 U.S. states, as well as in primary and secondary education in 14 countries and two multi-country regions outside the United States. Boeing works in partnership with schools, colleges and universities to support high academic standards and prepare students for further education and tomorrowÂs workplace. In higher education, Boeing also contributes to research and to policy initiatives aimed at improving the quality of education and bringing the benefits of education and job opportunities to a diverse group of students.
Since 1947, California State University, Los Angeles has been a leader in providing quality higher education, with more than 20,000 students whose variety of interests, ages and backgrounds reflect the cityÂs dynamic mix of populations. Its College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology offers a hands-on curriculum and early research opportunities to prepare students for advanced studies and a fast-paced work environment. Cal State L.A.Âs NASA University Research Center is the first and only one of its kind in California, and the University features numerous state-of-the-art laboratories, furthering its studentsÂ ability to regularly place at the top in several national competitions. CSULA has recently been named a Boeing Focal University.
The Boeing Company, the worldÂs largest aerospace firm, has about 32,000 employees in California and is the stateÂs largest manufacturer. Most of these employees are based in Southern California and work for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties. California is home to the second-largest concentration of Boeing employees outside of Washington state, representing one-fifth of the companyÂs worldwide workforce.
For more information, contact Andy Trincia, Boeing State & Local Communications, at (562) 810-6651, or Enrique Gonzalez-Salgado, MESA Schools Program, Cal State L.A., at (323) 343-4565.
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