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Nissan extends its commitment to seven historically black colleges and universities in Mississippi

Nissan continues to support Mississippi HBCUs


CANTON, Miss. Nissan is again donating $250,000 to seven local historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives at each school to inspire and develop talent. To date, Nissan has invested more than $1 million in local HBCUs – more than half of which supports STEM-specific curriculums.

At Nissan's Canton Assembly Plant, Nissan executives presented the donations to representatives from Alcorn State University, Coahoma Community College, Hinds Community College – Utica Campus, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Rust College and Tougaloo College.

"Nissan recognizes that STEM education is critical to developing the next generation of innovators. We are proud to continue our commitment to Mississippi's HBCUs with another $250,000 grant this year," said Jeffrey Webster, director of Diversity and Inclusion, Nissan North America, Inc.

Resources provided to each institution will be used to promote a range of STEM-related programs and departments, including applied sciences, engineering, math, computer and information science and many more. 

The donation of $250,000 builds on the success of Nissan Canton's ongoing partnership with the HBCUs.  

  • With its 2016 HBCU donation, Coahoma Community College offered a camp for 38 students, ages 8-11, to promote an interest in STEM fields. Coahoma also used funds to purchase a portable Program Logic Control (PLC) combined troubleshooting learning system, which has made it possible to introduce program logic control into the industrial maintenance curriculum.
  • The Engineering Technology Department at Mississippi Valley State University purchased material for three concentrations: Electronics Technology, Architectural Construction Management and Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD).
  • Alcorn State University used its donation to assist in enhancement of robotics laboratories and STEM outreach activities.

To learn more about Nissan's support of the Canton community, visit Nissan-Canton.com

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Parul Bajaj
Nissan North America
(615) 917–8172

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