PROVIDENCE, RI (AP) – The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a $ 3 million grant to the University of Rhode Island and the University of Connecticut to bolster their first-class student education and training program cycle considering a career in marine and underwater engineering.
URI this week announced funding for the Joint Naval Science and Technology Coalition.
The program was established in 2017 with a grant of $ 1.3 million over three years to establish joint programs for those interested in working for the Navy and Navy-related employers. The schools – based in Kingston, Rhode Island and Storrs, Connecticut, respectively – have launched a new concentration in naval science and technology.
The new award will be used to enhance education, outreach and career development initiatives, including expanding outreach to K-12 students, developing courses for students, and bringing in guest speakers. .
“This new grant will help us expand our partnerships and collaborations with UConn that we have built on the research side and will provide us with funding for a multitude of education and workforce development activities,” Valerie Maier-Speredelozzi, director of the Navy STEM Coalition at URI, said in a statement. “We want to help our undergraduate and graduate students know that these career opportunities are there because we need to replace these vital jobs in engineering, manufacturing, and technology.”
The southern New England region is the US Navy’s primary supplier of submarines and has hundreds of companies supplying parts for the submarine fleet.