Purdue partners with Morgan State University to help students shoot for the stars

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University, home to 25 astronauts and a leading aeronautics and astronautics program, will lend its expertise to Morgan State University as it launches its own liquid-fueled rocketry lab and training program, a first among Historically Black Colleges and Universities. 

As part of a partnership between Purdue and Morgan State, engineering students at the HBCU can also earn a degree from Purdue. Students studying civil engineering or engineering physics will complete three years at Morgan, earning enough credits for a bachelor’s degree, before moving to West Lafayette, where they can earn a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. Morgan State’s Board of Regents approved the program in principle during its fall quarterly meeting. The two universities will work to finalize and get final approvals on the plan.

It’s called 3+2 – the three years at Morgan State followed by two years at Purdue –

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Morgan State University, Northern Virginia Community College receive grants for job training programs

At Morgan State, a historically Black university that serves more than 7,700 students in Baltimore, the gift will support academic programs in cryptocurrency, blockchain and mergers and acquisitions, said David Wilson, the school’s president.

“You would have to look long, very long, and hard to find African Americans, in particular, in those areas,” Wilson said. “Bank of America has recognized that and has raised its hand to say, ‘We have to do something about this, and it has to go beyond checking a box.’ ”

Anne Kress, president of the more than 51,000-student Northern Virginia Community College, said the grant will fund scholarships and provide support for FastForward — a short-term workforce credential program that trains students for jobs in the health care and information technology fields. Most programs take between six and 12 weeks to complete.

Kress said short-term programs have gained popularity “because people can plan for that

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JaCobian Morgan Gets First Career Start vs Boston College

Syracuse freshman quarterback JaCobian Morgan is expected to get first career start against Boston College on Saturday. He is the third quarterback to start a game for the Orange this season, joining Tommy DeVito and Rex Culpepper. 

DeVito got hurt against Duke and has not played since. Culpepper has had his struggles since taking over for DeVito, but suffered an injury during practice this week according to Stephen Bailey of 247Sports. That paved the way for Morgan to get his first start. 


Morgan saw action last week in mop up duty against Wake Forest. He went 7-7 with a touchdown in his only drive, and chatter grew amongst the fan base to see more of him. They get their wish this week. 

“The touchdown throw was a good throw on

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Morgan State University tentatively beginning to plan for in-person spring commencement

Morgan State University said Wednesday that it has begun the planning process to hold an in-person commencement this coming spring, according to a spokesperson.

University spokesman Larry Jones said in an email that the school is in the “preliminary planning” process of the in-person ceremonies that would include spring 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021 graduates.

Jones said the university started planning because it is hopeful that conditions around the coronavirus will improve and allow for more in-person events.

“We are currently evaluating several safely social options and will share more details as the planning nears finalization,” Jones said. “Things are still really early in the planning process and there’s nothing definitive to report at this point, as it relates to the spring.

The commencement committee has been meeting at the request of university President David Wilson, Jones said.

Morgan State has not held in-person graduations since COVID-19 began ravaging

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JP Morgan Chase announces $7 million commitment to Nashville career pathway programs

Nashville is one of six cities slated to receive $7 million from JPMorgan Chase to support career pathways for underrepresented students, the company announced Tuesday.

a sign on the side of a road: JP Morgan Chase & Co. | Banking, financial services | 2019 employees: 10,000 | 2018 employees: 10,400 | Ownership: Public | Headquarters: New York |

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JP Morgan Chase & Co. | Banking, financial services | 2019 employees: 10,000 | 2018 employees: 10,400 | Ownership: Public | Headquarters: New York |

The commitment is part of JPMorgan Chase’s New Skills at Work investment, one branch of the company’s $350 million, five-year global initiative that aims to meet a growing demand for skilled workers, according to a news release from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.


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In Nashville, the New Skills Ready program will support underrepresented students from four Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools high schools as they transition to Nashville State Community College, where they will earn credentials or degrees in anticipation of entering the workforce.

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Portland Thorn Morgan Weaver represents WSU on ESPN College GameDay

Morgan Weaver may no longer be a soccer star at Washington State University, but her time in the Palouse will always be a part of who she is.

“Once a Coug, always a Coug,” as the WSU motto says.

Weaver, the Portland Thorns’ No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NWSL Draft, showed some pride for her alma mater on ESPN’s College GameDay this week.

The highest-ranked soccer player in program history waived her Cougar flag high on the 248th consecutive GameDay appearance.


Weaver finished her four years in Pullman with 43 goals, 98 points, nine multi-goal games and 85 matches– all good for second in school history. The Cougar legend also finished first in post-season goals with six and first in shots with 363. She led WSU to its first-ever College Cup.

Looks like first-year Cougar head football coach Nick Rolovich is a fan of Weaver’s as

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