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NMSU Foundation receives grant for Shaping the Future in STEM program

The New Mexico State University Foundation has received a grant from Intel Corporation to invest in career mentoring and advising, enabling students to become more employable through internships and other programming that results in better retention of engineering majors who are people of color. The grant is part of Intel’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math commitment to expand technology access to fuel human potential in every community.

“New Mexico is full of talented, hard-working, eager young people who have an interest in STEM fields, some of whom may lack the resources to achieve their goals,” said Frank Gallegos, New Mexico Public Affairs director at Intel Corporation. “We are proud to help enable career-based resources that meet students where they are, laying a strong foundation that can build the skills and confidence to launch a life of learning, career success and contributions to society.”

The career-ready programs developed under the Shaping the Future in STEM program will build on the NMSU College of Engineering’s commitment to formalize individual career-development programming to students, particularly those at risk.

Over the past two decades, Intel has provided generous support to NMSU through several programs in the College of Engineering such as the Aggie Innovation Space, the New Mexico PREP Academy, Waste-management Education Research Consortium Environmental Design Contest, a variety of scholarship opportunities, and numerous matching gifts for a range of programs and activities on campus.

Patricia Sullivan, associate dean for Outreach and Recruitment in NMSU’s College of Engineering, expressed gratitude for Intel’s gift.

“We are committed to ensuring our students have access to resources that foster relevant career pathways in their pursuit of becoming full-time engineers,” she said. “This work with Intel strengthens that commitment by expanding access to individualized, specialized career coaching, and experiential learning specific to STEM students.”

The NMSU and Intel collaboration will also identify opportunities to leverage the NMSU On Demand platform to expand career development programming across the NMSU system.

“As a recognized Hispanic-serving institution, we serve many students who represent an under-tapped source of STEM talent for the state of New Mexico’s employers,” said Derek Dictson, NMSU Foundation president. “Thanks to this generous grant from Intel, we can help them fulfill their dreams and enter the career field with confidence and success.”