HP Launches HPBCU Challenge, 3D Printing Pilot Program

HP is expanding its partnership with HBCUs via a new pilot learning program focused on 3D printing at North Carolina A&T State University.

HP is expanding its partnership with HBCUs via a new pilot learning program focused on 3D printing at North Carolina A&T State University.

HP Inc. has launched its annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Business Challenge designed to engage and attract Black students seeking careers in business and technology.

According to HP, the fourth annual HBCU Business Challenge will be held virtually and focus on “Distance Learning,” asking students for creative problem-solving around the challenges posed by the working and academic worlds shifting to a remote and digital environment. Over the past three years, nearly 300 students at 44 HBCUs participated in the program, and more than a dozen participants have accepted positions with HP.

“The HBCU Business Challenge is an integral part of our holistic partnership with the HBCUs and it embodies our commitment to provide talent with access, knowledge and opportunity. At HP, our long-term goal is to reinvent the standard for diversity, inclusion and belonging and this begins with paving the way for more Black talent to pursue careers in the tech industry,” said Lesley Slaton Brown, chief diversity officer at HP. “The COVID-19 pandemic and the recent social movements for racial justice have amplified the glaring inequalities in how our country is serving communities of color. HP’s investment in our relationship with HBCUs dates back several years and stems from our recognition that these disparities are particularly stark in the tech industry.” 

“The HP-HBCU Business Challenge is a valuable event for our students to engage in experiential learning and has boosted their industry acumen and likelihood to secure internships and career opportunities,” said Anthony C. Nelson, dean of the School of Business at North Carolina Central University. “With the volatility of the marketplace being further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is increasingly important for our students to receive opportunities like the one HP is offering to better prepare them for an ever-changing global economy.” 

HP joined the HBCU Business Deans Roundtable as a founding member in 2017. HP has also made financial contributions to the HBCUvc’s Student Relief Fund to help students during COVID-19  and connecting HBCU students to HP’s reskilling programs including HP LIFE and BeChangeMaker.

In March 2020, HP launched a pilot learning program with North Carolina A&T State University, providing HP MultiJet Fusion 3D color printing equipment and a commitment for internships and apprenticeships to the university’s College of Engineering and College of Science & Technology. Under the supervision of Geoff Foster, North Carolina A&T adjunct professor and Core Technology Molding Corporation CEO and founder, this pilot collaboration will inform and set the stage for a broader program with other HBCUs in subsequent years, according to the company.

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