There was an historic announcement at Jackson State University Thursday.
It became the first HBCU in the nation to partner with NASA in a mentor-protege agreement.
NASA's Shared Services Center will provide JSU with training and tools to become a major business contractor, partnering with JSU's mentor, Enterprise Services, LLC.
"So, we came to JSU. We did a tour. We actually got to see some of the labs that you have; see some of the technology that you have and the potential and we were very, very impressed," said Tabisataliwaku Kalisa, NASA's Mentor Program Manager said,
"For me, it puts a stamp of approval. It means that Jackson State is indeed doing the right things," said JSU President Dr. William Bynum. "It means that we're acknowledged of what our faculty and staff has done and so we're extremely happy today to be the first HBCU as a part of the mentor-protege agreement."
The signing ceremony was held in the atrium of the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology at JSU.
The program is expected to provide an additional revenue stream for the university and, hopefully, develop future NASA employees.
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