Southern University Engineering School was awarded a $2 million grant from Entergy to upgrade the classrooms and to provide the tools the students need to better their education on Monday morning.
Entergy held a special announcement for the Southern University students and staff, as well as Governor John Bel Edwards, and local and state representatives and leaders. The announcement took place in the Ballroom on Southern University’s campus.
This $2 million grant will pay for improvements in the laboratories of the Engineering school to provide students to obtain practical experiences. Chair of Southern University System Board of Supervisors said Ann A. Smith said, “This will help fuel today’s economy and workforce.”
The president-chancellor of Southern University, Ray Belton talked about how the grant will not benefit the students of the university, but their families as well. “This will provide our students with the opportunity to engage in jobs like this corporation. And for them to along the way sustain themselves in their careers and for their families; this is a great time for our institution!”
Governor John Bel Edwards stated that the state of Louisiana was going to match the $2 million grant that Entergy provided for the students. He continued in saying, “When we invest in our students, we’re investing in their future and the future of Louisiana.” The extra money, the Governor said, will be an investment in Fisher Hall, the Chemistry and Physics buildings. The goal is to get students more interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers.
The Governor continued in saying how this grant to the engineering school will benefit everyone, “We as employees need to know how to collaborate more than we’ve ever had in the past because of the ever-changing workforce and the changing of our industry and of technology. As well as the change of the expectations of the customers that we serve. Our industry is no different; it’s a rapid environment that we have to deal with when we have disruptors. Technology changes the way that we do business and the way we deal with our investors.”
Governor Edwards continued his speech of the importance of having this grant help equip these students will the right tools to enhance their knowledge by saying, “We need the best, the brightest, the most talented and most importantly the people who want to work here to help us create an environment that represent diversity in the circuit here along the Gulf South.”
He ended this statement by saying, “Southern University will be a big part of that.”
The Entergy company has had a track record of contributing to various communities and not for profits. After the 2016 flood that hit Baton Rouge and surrounding areas, Entergy gave a grant equaling to $100,000 to the Salvation Army locates off of Airline Hwy. They also had more than 400 Entergy employees, friends and family members logged 10,000-plus hours of volunteer service in response to flooding.
Also said of Entergy’s contribution and future endeavors with Southern University, “This is only the beginning.”