Valencia College’s National Society of Black Engineers Attends Annual Conference

A Message from Falecia Williams, President, West and Downtown Campuses

In March 2019, Charles Davis Jr., part-time faculty, engineering and math, along with nine members of Valencia College’s National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), attended the 45th Annual NSBE Conference in Detroit, Michigan.

The conference is designed to enhance participants’ knowledge to enable them to master academia, explore inner creativity and solve the challenges of the engineering industry. All attendees had an opportunity to showcase their knowledge, experience obtained from their coursework and extra-curricular activities at Valencia College.

The conference featured multiple workshops and various guest speakers. In addition, Valencia students interviewed with companies like Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Harris Corporation, Boeing, IBM, Siemens, Microsoft and many more to discuss their future and possible growth — which included full-time employment and internships.

“Out of our nine members who attended the conference, four graduated this spring,” Charles shared. “With the help of his interviewing experience, all four were offered employment at companies including HBI Energy, IBM, Lockheed Martin and Harris Corporation.”

Because it is the Valencia College NSBE’s goal to create more opportunities that afford our students experiences like these, the society’s members hope to attend the fall regional conference in Tampa this September.

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