"I attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) through the partnership with the Cooperative Developmental Energy Program (CDEP) at Fort Valley State University (FVSU). I earned my B.S. degree in mathematics at FVSU in three years before transferring to UNLV in 1995 and my B.S. degree in electrical engineering from UNLV in 1997. CDEP’s accelerated scholarship program prepared me for a demanding career as an engineer. While in CDEP, I received two bachelor degrees (Mathematics and Electrical Engineering) in five years, and I had great experiences during my four summer internships. My degrees, internships, communication skills, and mentoring that I received because of CDEP have made me highly marketable in the engineering industry. After graduating from the program, I was able to easily find full-time employment, raise a family, and earn a master’s degree in electrical engineering. I would highly recommend the CDEP program to anyone who has the desire, passion, and determination to excel in the energy industry. I continue to support the program by attending Energy Career Day and speaking to the students, parents, faculty, companies, and supporters. I look forward to my children having the opportunity to become FVSU and UNLV graduates. This program has truly blessed my life, and it can do the same for others. Currently, I am employed at Robins Air Force Base as an Electronics Engineer supporting avionics systems.
At UNLV, the multicultural program helped me continue my academic success. The program provided academic advisement, and I was able to utilize the tutorial program. I am grateful for all of the support that I received. The education and assistance that was provided allowed me to be well prepared to enter the workforce and maintain a successful career in STEM. I am a proud graduate, and I encourage any seeking a career in STEM to consider FVSU and UNLV."