ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-06-049

Date Created : 01/26/2006


Co-op Directors
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Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
Section:   Accountability - Dr. Charity Smith, Director
Engineers Seminar

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Mr. Jay C. Hartman

Phone Number:


The National Society of Black Engineers-Arkansas Alumni Extension Chapter (NSBE-AAEC) is pleased to announce that NSBE will be conducting the 16th Annual "PROJECT STARTING BLOCK" counseling seminar for high school students on FEBRUARY 25, 2006. This seminar will be held at the UALR-Stella Boyle Auditorium, 2801 South University, Little Rock and will begin at 10:00 a.m., and conclude at 1:00 p.m.

“Project Starting Block” is a four-part mentor program aimed at minority high school students with an interest in engineering; however, all interested students are welcome to attend. The purpose of the program is to inform youth in Arkansas about the field of engineering through seminars, college campus visits, and industry tours. These activities allow the students to become familiar with the various engineering disciplines, the educational requirements, and those career opportunities available with Arkansas corporations and agencies. During the Starting Block Counseling Seminar, representatives from various Arkansas universities and corporations will present vital information regarding the various fields of engineering, obstacles students face as today's youth, courses that students should take while in high school and preparatory requirements for college life.

"Project Starting Block" has been a success. Over the past fifteen years NSBE has had over 1,000 students to participate in the program. Several graduating seniors from the program have chosen to pursue the field of engineering. Over the past several years NSBE-AAEC has been able to award thousands of dollars in SCHOLARSHIPS to selected high school seniors that participated in "Project Starting Block" and chose to enroll in Engineering curriculums.

"Project Starting Block" originated in 1990 and was designed to acquaint high school students, PRIMARILY SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS, with multi-disciplined engineering activities. NSBE requests assistance in identifying students with interest in math and science to participate in the program. With the low number of minorities in the field of engineering, NSBE is particularly targeting minority students for this program.

Please distribute copies of the enclosed student packet to students that may be interested. NSBE strongly requests that the schools submit all signed student data forms to the address on the form by FEBRUARY 14, 2006. A student form is included in the attached student packet. Also attached in the packet is a synopsis of "Project Starting Block" for students and parents. If there are any questions, please contact Mr. Jay C. Hartman at 501-223-6170 before 5:00 p.m. or at 501-868-9534 after 5:00 p.m.


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