FAMU president welcomes corporate partners to campus

On Thursday, the home of Florida A&M University president James Ammons, will be center stage for the Industry Cluster’s welcome reception. The reception formally invites the Industry Cluster to the FAMU campus.

Twice every school year, the Industry Cluster comes to FAMU, once in the fall semester and again in the spring. The Industry Cluster includes a number of corporations that provide FAMU with support in finances, academic programs and job opportunities. Many of these businesses including: The Boeing Corporation, ING, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, and Proctor & Gamble, not only contribute to FAMU but to the country as well.

Of all the other HBCU institutions, FAMU has one of the steadiest cluster memberships, which address mutual concerns for minority institutions.

Director of media relations Pamela Tolson, said the meeting is beneficial for students because they will be given the chance to network with corporate representatives and learn more about the companies. They will also get the upper hand, as far as internships and long-term career opportunities.

Pamela Zackery, program assistant of the Industry Cluster, said the evening will be full of many activities. Aside from the welcoming event, a meet and greet will take place.

Tolson also said the student’s meet and greet is open to all students. Throughout the event, the corporate cluster members will learn more about FAMU students.

Other activities including icebreaker games and several raffles give-a-way, with prizes ranging from gift baskets and leather bags to iPods and a laptop computer will also take place.

The events require students to dress in business attire and will take place from 5:30- 7:30.