COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – The US Space Force (USSF) welcomes a new partner to the Midlands.
Clemson University joined the USSF University Partnership Program (UPP) on Monday, July 18, 2022.
The UPP is designed to develop and retain scientific and technical manpower. It also provides training and leadership development opportunities for current USSF employees.
The US Space Force has hosted Clemson University in its University Partnership Program. It is an honor to join 13 of our nation’s most prestigious institutions in developing a diverse STEM-capable workforce and protecting U.S. and allied interests in space. https://t.co/1lsc883tQb
— Clemson University (@ClemsonUniv) July 18, 2022
Clemson University President Jim Clements said: “Clemson is proud to partner with the United States Space Force by becoming a member of the USSF University Partnership Program. As we continue our institution’s strong history with the United States Armed Forces, this new partnership is an incredible opportunity for our faculty, staff, and students to continue to engage in groundbreaking research, develop experiences innovative educational experiences and discover an exciting new way to serve our country. .”
Program universities are selected based on four qualifications:
- STEM degree offerings and space-related research labs and initiatives
- ROTC program
- Diverse student population
- Degrees and programs that support veterans, their families, and serving military personnel pursuing higher education
Clemson’s ROTC program has produced more than 10,000 officers, including the Space Force’s Chief of Space Operations, General John W. “Jay” Raymond. Raymond graduated in 1984. Two other Air Force generals assigned to Space Force also graduated from Clemson’s ROTC, Major General Leah G. Launderback and Major General Donna Shipton.
Clemson and the USSF said they are working to achieve the program’s four main goals:
- Create opportunities for research, advanced academic degrees and workforce development
- Identify areas of mutual interest for research with other member universities
- Establish scholarships, internships and mentorship opportunities for ROTC students and cadets
- Recruit and develop diverse officers, enlisted custodians, and civilians with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math
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