A diverse group of engineering students in the Penn State system has high goals, and we might help them get there.

We recently served as a leading sponsor of STEP UP, a collaborative program between the Penn State chapters of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, and Society of Women Engineers.

STEP UP is a weekend program for minority and female engineering students from Penn State branch campuses who plan to transfer to the main campus to complete their degrees. The program is meant to ease those students’ transition to the main campus, contribute to their professional development, and increase the retention and graduation rates in engineering.

Jackie Mohr, talent program manager in Human Resources, and Support Engineer Jose Silverio attended the program. They helped judge an “extreme engineering” project, took part in a workshop where students discussed resumes one-on-one with sponsor company representatives and spoke with students about careers at a networking reception. (Shown at right: Mohr and Silverio discuss a student’s resume.)

As a company, we take part in numerous community outreach events, but this was a unique opportunity to partner with university-level affinity groups.

“This program offered a good opportunity to make connections and meet diverse students who could help shape the future of our company,” Mohr said. “It’s in everyone’s interest to support and encourage these students as they move to a new campus and continue their development.”