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Prince George's County, Maryland

Prince George’s County Partners with Bowie State University To Open College Pathways for Area Students


For Immediate Release: 1/30/2014 4:00 PM

Contact: Dawn Page, Office of Information Technology, 301-952-3306

Largo, MD --  Students in Prince George’s County will have an opportunity to address real-world technology problems and prepare for future careers through a new signature program called Education Innovation Initiative (EI2) which is a collaborative effort between Bowie State University, Prince George’s County Government and Prince George’s County Public Schools.

Launched by the Maryland Center at Bowie State University in spring 2013, EI2, is a college pipeline initiative that provides BSU students with hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) using an interdisciplinary approach and linkages with industry partners providing a path to career opportunities.  The initial Capstone Challenge program with county schools will allow teams of 11th and 12th graders to competitively propose solutions to real-world industry problems under the guidance of student mentors and industry partners such as Lockheed Martin. 

EI2 will ultimately target county students from Pre-K through grade 12 with enhanced technology experiences and encouragement to pursue college education by engaging them in real-world projects with government and industry partners. EI2 will also introduce students to next-generation technologies in cyber security, mobility, enterprise collaboration and cloud computing.

“EI2 is a significant opportunity for Prince George’s County high school students to develop real-world skills to prepare for careers in a global society," said County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “Our students will become better equipped to address the pressing challenges of the 21st century.”

The program plans to implement some of the highlighted career pathway partnership projects noted below. 

  • Maryland First Broadband Service Unit: A project sponsored by the State of Maryland Interoperability Office to collaborate with first responders and evaluate mobile applications to improve public safety operations.
  • Continuous Monitoring for Critical Infrastructure Protection: A project sponsored by the Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security to evaluate security threat identification and mitigation needs to protect networks and information during an emergency response incident.
  •  Urban Areas Security Initiative: A project sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct community resilience training on emergency response and preparedness for vulnerable populations.
  • Cloud Training and Certification: A project sponsored by the NetApp Academic Alliance to provide BSU faculty, staff and students with advanced cloud training and an opportunity to earn a NetApp Certified Storage Associate (NCSA) certification.
  • “Capstone Challenge”: A cooperative agreement between BSU and the Prince George’s County Public School System (PGCPS) to establish year-round, Transforming Neighborhood Initiative (TNI) Capstone Challenges for PGCPS students to participate in research projects in emerging markets such as Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Mobility and Big Data Analytics

Bowie State University is in the process of finalizing agreements with the county government and school system and will announce plans in the coming months.

 Vennard Wright, Director/CIO of Prince George’s County Office of Information Technology said, “It is critical that County students not only test well and understand concepts in STEM courses, but they must also have the opportunity to receive tangible, hands on expertise in potentially lucrative fields that they hope to enter one day. EI2  is an ideal way for us to accomplish that goal- through the creation of partnerships with industry and higher education- in order to ensure that sustainable career pathways are realized, while demonstrating measurable gains in academic achievement.”

  For more information about EI2, contact Sandra Longs at 301-952-3306 or selongs@co.pg.md.us.

 

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