The Office of Strategic Academic Partnerships and Student Engagement at historically Black Fort Valley State University in Georgia, has a partnership with the Department of the Air Force, represented by Robins Air Force Base.
Robins Air Force Base is one of the largest employers in the Middle Georgia region. It is also a large provider of internship opportunities for FVSU students. Because of the dynamic relationship between Fort Valley State University and Robins Air Force Base, many FVSU graduates and alumni are employed on the base.
The educational partnership is designed to advance students’ knowledge in computer science, cybersecurity, engineering, mathematics, and other STEM programs at FVSU. This partnership will include guest lectures and demonstrations, professional development workshops, campus visits, and other opportunities for both students and faculty. Through this partnership and outreach activities, students will gain valuable job skills that will contribute to their successful employment beyond graduation.
Olufunke Fontenot, provost at Fort Valley State University , stressed the importance and significance of this collaborative relationship for students at the university. Because of the commitment of Robins Air Force Base, FVSU students can experience involvement in STEM professions and activities that might otherwise be unavailable to students at other universities.