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STEM Grambling brings education opportunities to north Louisiana

GRAMBLING — Grambling State University hosted the first STEM Grambling “STEM Fest” engaging North Louisiana’s K-12 youth in hands-on education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

In early September, plans to launch STEM Grambling were introduced as part of the University’s ongoing partnership with Magic Johnson’s SodexoMAGIC in conjunction with STEM NOLA, a successful community-focused educational initiative based in New Orleans.  

“We know that with the right support, HBCUs will continue to lead as a critical answer to the 3-million-person Cybersecurity job gap that exists globally,” said President Rick Gallot at his recent testimony to the United States Department of Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation.

With the announcement of STEM Grambling, he stated “I am excited to create a cradle-to-career pipeline of success for young members of our community and to support Governor Edwards’ vision for more STEM professionals and careers along the I-20 Technology Corridor.”  

STEM Grambling will leverage the University’s advanced STEM facilities, faculty and students to provide monthly programming to expose grade school students from across the region to the broad spectrum of STEM and computer science disciplines including cybersecurity.  Grambling State is a leading producer of minority graduates in several disciplines, including computer science and engineering.

This August, Grambling State welcomed the first cohort of students into Louisiana’s first cybersecurity bachelor’s degree program and just last week the University announced System approval to propose the first 4-year Cloud Computing degree in the state.