NGA, Harris-Stowe State University Partner to Expand STEM Education

Saint Louis, Missouri-based Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) have partnered to develop future science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educators.

“Our national security depends on the leadership and innovation that will come from the next generation of science, mathematics, engineering and technology professionals. We’ll need top-quality STEM educators to teach and mentor that next generation,” said NGA Director Robert Sharp. “We are so excited to enter into this partnership with Harris-Stowe State University. It will help develop the STEM educators and professionals that will forge and form the future workforce for NGA and the region.”

In addition to developing future STEM teachers and encouraging interest in related topics among K-16 students, the partnership also does the following:

  • Provides HSSU students and faculty with access to NGA’s personnel, facilities and technology so they can learn about and collaborate in the disciplines associated with NGA’s mission.
  • Allows NGA scientists and professionals to leverage the educational knowledge and capabilities of HSSU students and faculty to execute their mission.
  • Encourages early interest in STEM topics by people at NGA and HSSU at all stages of their academic careers.
  • Provides the potential for more opportunities for HSSU and NGA to work together in areas of mutual opportunity, including on topics of critical thinking and analysis.

NGA broke ground on its new western regional headquarters in north St. Louis earlier this year. Scheduled to open in 2025, NGA West represents a $1.7 billion investment and exemplifies the explosive growth of the geospatial ecosystem in St. Louis, of which the NGA is just one active member.

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