The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) is pleased to announce the selection of Academically Interested Minds (AIM) Program at Kettering University as the 2016 NAMEPA Outreach Program Award recipient. The AIM program aligns with NAMEPA’s mission of providing quality service, information, and tools to students. This five-week residential pre-college summer program began in 1984 and has continued to thrive over the years. The program is designed to augment Kettering University’s efforts to reach a greater number of multicultural students who have a strong interest in the areas of engineering, math, science and business. There is no cost to the student. Since its launch, one hundred percent (100%) of the students who participated in the AIM program enrolled into college or military service upon graduating from high school. A large percentage continued their education in the STEM fields. In addition, over thirty percent (30%) of the students who participate in AIM matriculate to Kettering University and over 80% of the students who came to Kettering via AIM graduated from Kettering.
The NAMEPA Outreach Program Award was established to honor outreach programs that have actively increased the participation of students from historically underrepresented minority (URM) populations in engineering. NAMEPA is a national network of educators and representatives from industry, government, and nonprofit organizations who share a common commitment to improving the recruitment and retention of Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic American, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander students earning degrees in engineering. NAMEPA promotes the professional development of its members and serves as an advocate for and resource to those programs and organizations that seek to recruit, educate, and employ diverse engineering talent.
NAMEPA is very grateful for the Kettering University’s efforts in advancing the achievement and persistence of students from URM backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Academically Interested Minds (AIM) Program will be recognized at the 37th Annual NAMEPA National Conference in West Lafayette, IN at Purdue University, October 1st – 4th, 2016.