B-CU Partners with EPA to Create New Programs
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) will become official partners to incorporate programs in environmental science, research, education and workforce development. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding will be held at noon Wednesday, Feb. 18th at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center.
According to B-CU President Dr. Edison O. Jackson, the partnership will prepare more minorities for careers in environmental science. As B-CU continues to progress and grow, the administrators could not overlook the need to offer avenues within environmental science and research, which is underrepresented by minorities, Jackson said.
The U.S. EPA is well aware of the disproportionate numbers and makes partnerships like this one a top priority. “This is a great accomplishment for B-CU. We will now be able to efficiently compete for relative research grants and take advantage of other great environmental opportunities. Most importantly, we will open up many avenues for our students, faculty and surrounding communities, as well,” Dr. Jackson said.
B-CU and the EPA will focus their efforts in seven areas: faculty research participation; student internships and employment; technical assistance; staff/faculty appointments; seminars/mini courses; outreach programs; and infrastructure. The implementation of these initiatives will happen over a three year period.
Bethune-Cookman University was founded in 1904 and serves the community via three campuses in Daytona Beach, Deltona and Hastings. For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.
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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.