In its latest evaluation, ProSource360 earned high praise from the Department of Navy (DoN) for its efforts to get underrepresented student populations more involved in the Navy’s research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) programs and activities.
The work is part of the Navy’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Program. In addition to recruiting students from HBCUs/MIs, the program also strengthens the capabilities of those institutions to conduct basic and applied research and increases the quality and quantity of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs with a focus on minority researchers and graduates. The HBCU/MI program supports the Secretary of the Navy’s STEM roadmap for building the next-generation naval workforce by preparing underrepresented student populations for employment in the technical fields.
“[ProSource360] has proven time after time that they are the right company to provide support to the DoN’s HBCU/MI Program in all areas related to science and technology,” said Anthony C. Smith, Sr., program manager for the Office of Naval Research. “The performer clearly understands government contracting, streamlining processes and managing personnel. They are not only a true model to follow but should be seen as an example of the best in customer service for the federal government in any area.”
Through the HBCU/MI Program, ProSource360 is also involved in recruiting for the DoN’s Summer Faculty Research Program (SFRP), Naval Science Awards Program and Student Internship Program. These programs offer scholarships, fellowships and internships to students pursuing degrees in STEM studies and leverage existing relationships between HBCU/MI and K-12 school systems to inspire and engage diverse students in STEM studies.
Smith called ProSource360’s work managing all areas under the DoN’s HBCU/MI Program exceptional and above reproach, adding that the company “should be an example to other contractors how to successfully assist with managing large, multi-agency Naval programs.”
Ben Skyles, president and CEO of ProSource360, said he was grateful to have the opportunity to work with the Navy on such a worthwhile project.
“We believe that HBCUs/MIs are a great resource for talent and leadership that can be channeled to the benefit of our national security and superiority in the field of STEM research,” added Skyles.