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Conference's goal is to attract minorities to engineering

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Jackson State University is hosting a national conference this week in an effort to attract more minorities to the field of engineering.

The two-day conference, which began Wednesday morning, is being put on by AMIE, which stands for Advancing Minorities' Interest in Engineering.

In addition to historically black colleges and universities that promote engineering programs, the nation's industrial heavyweights are participating, such as Lockheed-Martin and Raytheon.

Jackson State is also using the conference to showcase their new engineering facility.

"Jackson State is very fortunate to have built a brand new, 90,000 square foot facility just for engineering," said Mark G. Hardy, dean of JSU's College of Science, Engineering and Tech.

There will be a ribbon cutting and dedication for the new building, Wednesday morning at nine.

Congressman Bennie Thompson is scheduled to attend.

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