MILLINGTON, Tenn. (Nov. 30, 2015) (NNS) -- The Navy received the Government Agency of the Year Award at the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) National Conference in Baltimore on Nov. 15.
Rear Adm. Jeffrey W. Hughes, commander, Navy Recruiting Command (NRC), was in attendance to accept the award on behalf of the Navy and addressed the crowd of nearly 1,000 professionals, educators and students.
The award is a testament to NRC's endorsement initiatives that create awareness, access, support and development in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as well as Hispanic diversity efforts by the Navy.
"Today, there are more than 70,000 Hispanic Sailors, officers and Department of the Navy civilians proudly serving in the U.S. Navy at all levels of leadership, a number of them recognized during this convention," said Hughes. "I look forward to continuing the Navy's valued partnership with SHPE. Let's continue to connect together by providing true guidance, strong mentorship and limitless opportunity to our nation's best and brightest engineering and technical leaders of tomorrow."
The SHPE conference is designed to bring professional engineers and students together from across the nation to network and act as role models in the development of Hispanic students who have an interest in STEM-focused career fields.
The event provides career, leadership, networking opportunities, technology workshops, and the largest career fair for Hispanics in STEM.
The conference also features exciting competitions and specialized programs for Latinas, computer science/technology majors, pre-college students and pre-tenured Hispanic faculty.
Alicia Nieto, a civil engineering major at New Mexico Institute of Mining Technology, said the conference was very informative and that she was excited to see all of the STEM career options that the Navy has to offer.
The SHPE conference routinely supports Navy recruiting efforts by exposing students to the different career paths in the Navy such as medical providers, cryptologic technicians, information systems technicians and engineers.
SHPE members are often the recipients of the Navy's top recruiting scholarships including the Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program and the Civil Engineer Corps Collegiate Program.
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