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NACME and NASA partnership expands.

NASA administrator Daniel S. Goldin recently announced expanding one of the agency's largest educational partnerships -- with the National Action Council for Minorities In Engineering Inc. (NACME).

NASA increased its investment in the engineering education organization with a $1.4 million grant for the 1999-2000 academic year. The added funding will provide scholarships and research opportunities at four NASA space flight centers. Roughly 120 NACME/NASA "Space Flight" Scholars from 22 colleges and universities across the nation will participate.

"Make no mistake, technology is the most important enabling industry in the world today," Goldin says. "It represents about 50% of U.S. economic growth. But only 13% of underrepresented minorities are receiving bachelor's degrees in science, engineering and technology in the United States today. One of the best ways to reverse the downward trends of minority representation is through strong partnerships between the public and private sectors."

The NASA/NACME partnership began in 1998 with funding from NASA's Office of Equal Opportunity. NACME manages a consortium of 22 academic institutions and conducts research and public policy analysis, develops precollege and university programs and offers publications, conferences and electronic media.

NACME also provides scholarship programs for minority engineering students. Since 1980, more than 7,000 Latino, African American and American Indian engineers -- nearly 10% of minority engineers graduating since that time -- have completed engineering school with NACME scholarships.
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