TEMPE, Ariz. – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division Commander Brig. Gen. Mark Toy and Los Angeles District Commander Col. Kimberly Colloton signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the School of Sustainable Engineering and Built Environment and the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University here April 15.
The MOU fosters collaboration in a relationship that stresses the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The goal is for LA District representatives to participate in more STEM activities with ASU and to identify and develop, in partnership with ASU, opportunities for students to earn course credit for their work on USACE projects.
"USACE is always looking for talented individuals to support our mission," said John Keever, chief of Construction Division for the District. "Working with local universities and colleges allows students, faculty and advisors to become familiar with the Corps as a career option."
As a roadmap to employment with the Corps, the MOU lists the Pathways Program, with three separate tracks; internship, recent graduate and presidential management fellows, in order to provide students and recent graduates employment opportunities in the federal workforce.
In his Campaign Plan, Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, USACE commanding general and 53rd chief of engineers, mandates preparing for tomorrow by building ready and resilient people and teams through innovative talent management and leader development strategies and programs.
Toy amplifies the preparing for tomorrow sentiment in his Division motto, "Building Strong and Taking Care of People."