JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Jackson State University received a sizeable grant Wednesday from State Farm Insurance.
Company representatives presented a $50,000 check to JSU in efforts to bring more students to the computer science department.
That department has seen its enrollment decline in recent years. The grant will go toward a new computing innovation lab and scholarships for students.
The goal is to lure more students into high-tech careers. "Jackson State is doing a great job investing in students in IT, and we know that's the future of the economy," said State Farm spokesman Rob Wilburn.
"So we wanted to play a part in that. We want to support and encourage youth to head in that direction," Wilburn said.
JSU was named among State Farm's "Priority Schools" for 2009.
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