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B-CU Continues Impactful Mentor Protege Partnership

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Students from the CEED Mentor Protégé Program Work Alongside Major Corporations 

Several students from the School of Business received summer internships as a part of the Mentor Protégé Program, a collaborative partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense and B-CU that ties large corporations (mentors) with smaller businesses (protégés) to cultivate them by providing business infrastructure strategies, engineering and technology. This year B-CU will continue their partnership with Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (Mentor), a global company providing electronics, integrated mission systems, and mission support services worldwide, to take on several small corporations as their protégés.

Students in the program gain hands-on skills that enhance the knowledge they receive from their course work. “I see a student start in this program with book knowledge and a bit of confidence. The student transforms into a confident professional that is 'ready to run' upon graduation and reach their professional goals,” said Dr. Morrison, the Business Administration Department Chair and Director of the Mentor Protégé Program at B-CU. Students are selected to intern with the mentoring corporations through the School of Business and Entrepreneurship (Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development) CEED program where they receive certifications and career development that will assist them during their real-world experiences.

B-CU graduates that have interned through the program have received career opportunities through the Mentor Protégé Program. “The B-CU Mentor Protégé Program has impacted a number of our students both in the College of Business and Entrepreneurship (CBE), as well as in the Computer engineering business unit,” Dr. Morrison stated. Angelo Erilus, a B-CU alumnus, interned with Raytheon for two consecutive years and was hired by the corporation. He most recently received a prestigious Black Engineer of the Year Award for Modern Day Technology from Raytheon, which recognizes those that are shaping the future of engineering and technology.

This past summer, the CEED Mentor Protégé Program sent four (4) students to intern with mentor corporations in different states, to work on a variety of business and technical projects for their protégés. “The students were excited and nervous as many of them had never been outside of the school to work in a real-world day to day business setting,” said Dr. Morrison. “It was rewarding to gain the feedback we received from our partners on the level of professionalism and innovative thoughts of our students, “she added.  The CEED Mentor Protégé Program was established in 2006 and has received accolades for the program and its students. The partnership supports eight mentor protégé’s that spans businesses engaged in cyber security, engineering, human resource development, aerospace and missile defense, prosthetic, STEM and highly classified areas. B-CU was also recognized as a significant contributor to a number of mentor protégé’s who have earned the Nunn-Perry Award that recognizes outstanding teams formed under the DoD Mentor Protégé Program. 

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.