BOISE, Idaho, February 3, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: MU) and the Micron Foundation today announced more than $1 million in grants to engineering faculties at Boise State University and the University of Idaho (U. of I). Grants will support targeted programs that expand equitable access to education, diversify enrollment, and prepare all students – especially students from underrepresented groups and rural areas – for productive and fulfilling engineering careers.
This investment strengthens Micron’s longstanding relationship with Idaho universities and is the latest step in the company’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) to increase representation underrepresented groups. The investment reinforces the need for university-corporate partnerships that expand technology career paths and create opportunities to support students from diverse communities.
“The growing data economy – powered by AI and 5G in the cloud, edge and smart devices – promises many opportunities for our employees to make advancements in memory and storage, and Micron believes that cultivating a diverse talent pool is essential to jump-starting the next wave of innovation,” said April Arnzen, Chief Human Resources Officer of Micron Technology and Chair of the Micron Foundation. “As a leading technology company founded and based in Idaho, we want to share our resources to enable students in our local communities to succeed as future engineers.”
Grants respond to Idaho statewide efforts to attract more students to engineering careers and proactively address a projected steep decline in high school graduates attending school in 2025. Boise State and the U of I will use funding from their engineering schools to create and expand the centers focused on increasing recruitment, student retention in engineering and computer science majors and helping students to complete their studies. The foundation’s investment will also establish endowments to fund scholarships and programs that support student enrollment growth.
At Boise State, Micron’s grant provides seed funding to establish and support the College of Engineering’s Student Success Center (SSC). The SSC aims to create a diverse community for all engineering and computer science students by fostering experiential learning, mentoring, internships, and valuable life skills that enable students to develop interpersonal relationships across the university and with their professional peers. Serving 2,600 students (including those in computer science and construction management), Boise State’s College of Engineering is the largest engineering college in Idaho.
“Idaho is home to a growing demographic wealth and students from diverse backgrounds. We are very pleased and grateful for the support of the Micron Foundation, which will help us ensure that this diversity is fully represented in our graduates by increasing student success,” said Dr. Marlene Tromp, President of Boise State. “This will allow us to better serve our students, our industry partners and our state.”
The University of Idaho’s Micron Student Center, launched in 2018, prepares students to meet competitive industry expectations through professional and ethical skills building and inclusive leadership training. The new grant will provide scholarships, enrich existing mentorship, access and outreach programs, and endow the long-standing support center for sustainability and growth.
“We appreciate the Micron Foundation’s continued investment in our students’ access to quality education and fulfilling careers. We know that our state and our world need more engineers ready to meet society’s greatest challenges, equipped with the professional and technical skills demanded by our industrial partners,” said C. Scott Green, president of the University of Idaho. “Supporting students from underrepresented groups enhances the experience of all students, bringing greater representation to the engineering talent pool. Our 30+ year partnership with Micron fuels our success and underscores the importance of our focus on student support.
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We are an industry leader in innovative memory and storage solutions that are transforming the way the world uses information to enrich lives. for everyone. With a relentless focus on customers, technology leadership, and excellence in manufacturing and operations, Micron offers a rich portfolio of high-performance DRAM, NAND, and NOR memory and storage products through our Micron® and Crucial brands. ®. Every day, innovations created by our people fuel the data economy, enabling advances in artificial intelligence and 5G applications that unlock opportunity – from the data center to the intelligent edge and across customer and user experience. mobile. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: MU), visit micron.com.
Since its inception in 1999, The Micron Foundation has contributed more than $100 million through philanthropy and people to the communities where our team members live and work. The Micron Foundation and corporate giving is led by the Micron Gives organization with grants, programs, and volunteer efforts focused on promoting science and engineering education and meeting human needs fundamentals.
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