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Fortifying a foundation of success

The country’s largest historically Black university provides students the career counseling essential to secure high-wage jobs in tech, science and more.

As the largest historically Black university in the nation, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University plays a major role in preparing Black students for promising career paths. This 130-year-old state school based in Greensboro is known for its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programs — nearly half of its graduates are from the colleges of science and technology, agriculture and environmental sciences, and engineering. In fact, North Carolina A&T is the country’s largest producer of Black engineers at the undergraduate level.footnote1

To help the 2,000-plus students who graduate each year secure higher-skilled jobs in tech, medicine, education and other in-demand fields, the university partners with local businesses, school districts and health care organizations. Now, a $1 million grant from Bank of America will help North Carolina A&T to build on those career pathway programs, with the dual goals of expanding the pipeline for diverse hiring and arming students with the skills needed for high-wage careers.

“This investment reaffirms our longstanding partnership with North Carolina A&T State University and helps position students with the education and training needed to accelerate their careers,” said Derek Ellington, Triad market president for Bank of America. “Our company has a clear purpose to help make financial lives better, and this is especially important in light of the challenges facing our community due to the pandemic.”

North Carolina A&T is one of 21 higher education institutions receiving major grants from Bank of America to enhance upskilling and reskilling for Black and Hispanic/Latino communities — part of the bank’s five-year, $1.25 billion commitment to advance racial equality and economic opportunity.