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Florida A&M University (FAMU) will expand its academic offerings with the addition of new graduate degrees in aerospace engineering beginning in fall 2025.  This move, as reported by the Tallahassee Democrat, includes a master’s and a PhD program through the FAMU’s joint college with Florida State University (FSU). The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, situated in Innovation Park, is the only shared engineering school in the nation.  Currently, it offers an Aerodynamics Certificate through an online graduate certificate program.  The introduction of the aerospace engineering graduate

During a recent speech at the Milken Institute Global Conference, Governor Kathy Hochul of New York faced backlash after making controversial comments that that Black children in the Bronx don’t know what a computer is. A misstep at the Milken Conference Governor Hochul made the remarks while discussing her new AI initiative aimed at enhancing technological access in low-income areas. “Right now, we have young Black kids growing up in the Bronx who don’t even know what the word computer is,” she said. “They don’t know, they don’t know these things.” This

Pinky Cole Hayes, renowned for her ventures Slutty Vegan and Bar Vegan, has gifted the 2024 graduating class of Savannah State University a $8.75 million “Entrepreneurial Starter Pack.”  The initiative is designed to equip graduates with the essential tools and resources for their entrepreneurial journeys. The gift, which is a collaboration with Operation HOPE and One Million Black Businesses (1MBB), includes a range of resources to nurture and scale Black-owned businesses. During her speech to the graduates, Cole Hayes, a 2023 TIME 100 Next honoree, outlined the components of the entrepreneurial package.  Comprehensive Support For Aspiring Business

Campus, an community college startup that connects students with top-tier professors from universities such as UCLA, Princeton, and NYU, has raised a $23 million Series A extension round. The community college startup In American higher education, community colleges serve as gateways for students aiming to transfer to four-year universities.  However, only 16% of these students achieve a bachelor’s degree within six years.  Campus operates on a model that rethinks the approach to college education. It is reportedly the first fully accredited, nationally focused community college built on a network of adjunct professors

American Student Assistance® (ASA), a nonprofit dedicated to transforming how students explore careers and prepare for the future, has announced a significant investment of $25 million.  The nonprofit targets funds and companies with diverse founders and early-stage firms focusing on career education, postsecondary pathways, and workforce development.  The move aims to expand access to essential skills and resources, helping middle and high school students navigate their career paths and achieve long-term success. A $25M Investment ASA’s investment strategy began in April 2022, and since then, it has directed over $40

Tuskegee University recently announced a $20 million donation to enhance its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs and various campus facilities.  This gift, bestowed by an anonymous benefactor, marks the second $20 million gift in less than four years. Fostering a Dynamic Campus Community The donation’s generosity will facilitate the creation of faculty leadership positions and scholarships, helping to enhance the academic environment.  It will also improve student affairs and campus security staffing, contributing to a safer and more engaging student experience.  “This gift will allow us to invest in

Historically Black College and University, Virginia State (VSU), has been selected to host the esteemed 2024 FIRST Chesapeake District FIRST Robotics Competition Championship (FRC). The event, scheduled from April 4-6 at the VSU Multi-Purpose Center, is estimated to attract up to 4,000 attendees, including high school teams across the Chesapeake District.  It will additionally mark the first occasion an HBCU has hosted this prestigious competition. FIRST Robotics Competition Championship FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a global non-profit organization focusing on leadership in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  This year, it

A 14-year-old passionate about technology, Sophie has developed an innovative AI chatbot focused on mental health. Mental Health meets AI Unlike the usual narratives surrounding AI, such as privacy invasion and fake news, Sophie’s AI chatbot offers hope to users. Her mother, Samantha, in a TikTok video, revealed how Sophie’s creation counters negative self-talk and mental health issues with positive affirmations and exercises in self-awareness and boundary setting. This chatbot’s introduction goes, “Humans often struggle on focusing on the present … and comparing each other to other people who we think are better, when really we should focus

Data from 22 leading institutions has found that enrollments of underrepresented minorities in MBA programs have declined or stagnated since 2020. A Drop In Enrollment Of Underrepresented Minorities Following George Floyd’s death in 2020, which ignited a push for racial justice, top U.S. business schools pledged to increase diversity. However, the University of Michigan, Virginia, and Berkeley have seen significant drops in minority student numbers. For instance, Virginia and Berkeley’s 2025 classes included just 6% underrepresented students, and Michigan had 7%.  These figures heavily contrast with their previous commitments to diversity. Despite some schools’ slight improvements, the overall

Three students at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) have been named 2023 Astronaut Scholars, marking a historic moment for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).  A Historical Moment For HBCUs The Astronaut Scholarship was founded in 1984 by the surviving members of the Mercury 7 crew members. It stands as one of the nation’s most prominent scholarships for students pursuing STEM degrees. N.C. A&T is the first HBCU to have more than one Astronaut Scholarship recipient in a year, a significant milestone in promoting diversity in STEM fields.  The scholarships,

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