September 28, 2012 - Jackson, MS - Jackson State University will accept a $50,000 grant from State Farm®, Mississippi’s largest home and auto insurer. The grant will help boost the university’s computer science department. The Jackson State University grant is one of four awarded by State Farm in 2012 to promote business and technology education curriculum and training across the country.
State Farm will present the grant to JSU on Monday, October 1st at the School of Engineering building atrium at 2:30 p.m. University officials and other leaders will be on hand to accept the gift. State Farm selected Jackson State University for the grant based on the strength of its business and technology education programs. In the past, similar grants at various institutions have been used to upgrade classrooms, purchase equipment, build computer labs or enhance teaching.
“Tomorrow’s labor force must be ready to meet the constantly changing demand for technology solutions to business needs,” says State Farm spokesman Roszell Gadson. “State Farm is pleased and proud to build relationships with Jackson State University and support their innovative approaches to helping students – America’s future employees – prepare to make a difference in the workplace,” he says.
State Farm actively supports efforts to ensure young people of all ages have access to a quality education that will allow them to achieve their greatest potential, preparing them to be active participants in a nation that continues to be a global leader. State Farm is committed to helping create a healthy business environment through philanthropy and by working with national and local relationships to build stronger communities.
Additional $50,000 grants were also awarded to the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa; Florida International University in Miami, FL; and Mansfield University in Mansfield, PA.
Roszell Gadson, Media Relations (770) 418-5940
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