Offers students avenue to pursue two degrees within five-year period
ATLANTA (Dec 21, 2023) – HNTB, a leading infrastructure solutions firm, has established a partnership with the Atlanta University Center Consortium, the world’s oldest and largest group of historically black colleges and universities. Member institutions include Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Morehouse College and Spelman College.
The goal of the partnership is to provide students an avenue to pursue two degrees within an accelerated five-year period. Students who participate in the program will complete three years of general coursework at an AUCC institution plus two years of engineering courses in a partnering engineering program, earning two degrees over the duration of the program.
HNTB will facilitate professional development workshops, in-class teaching and speaking engagements. HNTB also will award scholarships to students participating in the DDEP program.
“I am a product of the program having attended Morehouse College where I received my Bachelor of Science in applied physics, and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where I received my Bachelor of Science in bio-environmental engineering,” said Darius Broughton, HNTB vice president. “This partnership allows HNTB to grow the base of diversity in the industry workforce and serve as a leader in the architectural and engineering space, all while supporting students through scholarships, mentorship and ultimately job opportunities.”
“We are excited one of the most trusted infrastructure solutions firms HNTB, has chosen to invest in the AUCC Dual Degree Engineering Program,” said Dr. Said Sewell, director of academics, research and student success for AUCC. “HNTB’s vision, philosophy and culture align well with our commitment to academic excellence, innovation, diversity and student success. As more of our students choose architectural, structural and mechanical engineering, this partnership with HNTB fills a critical gap in our efforts to provide our students with experiential learning opportunities that we have been working diligently to fill.”
The partnership includes the creation of several annual HNTB academic scholarships, paid summer internships, an engineer-student mentoring program, and possibly the co-teaching one of the program’s pre-engineering courses.
“Our partnership with the AUCC will be mutually beneficial to both HNTB and students participating in the program,” said Tim Morgan, PE, HNTB’s Georgia and Tennessee office leader and vice president. “The investment to grow professionals in the industry and ability to share with students what is important will directly benefit the new generation of engineers.”