With this week recognized for national giving, Jackson State University renewed its relationship with a major benefactor who contributed $100,000 to enhance the College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET), as well as the College of Business.
Yates Construction presented a gift to JSU President Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers on Wednesday in the JSU Student Center on the main campus as a gesture of goodwill and to foster a relationship with the institution, whose CSET and business programs have garnered national acclaim and research funding.
Meyers hailed the remarkable moment as an opportunity to prepare students for the global workforce. She says the partnership will benefit students by creating internships and opportunities for the future employment of students with the company.
W.G. “Bill” Yates, chairman of Yates, and his son, William Yates, company president, said the relationship with JSU is essential and echoed the importance of preparing students for the future: “This gives our company a chance to grow with a major institution and potentially add employees from the student body.”
In addition, company executives say one of their primary objectives is to diversify the company by recruiting and hiring talented graduates and expressed that Wednesday’s gift is only the first step in their future collaboration.
JSU and Yates officials say they hope the efforts forged by this partnership will create an enduring relationship that will enrich both institutions and allow them to continue in pivotal roles by shaping the community and economic climate of the city and state.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Yates is a $2 billion company with more than 10,000 employees throughout the southeast. The Philadelphia, Miss., based organization in the seat of Neshoba County expanded into Jackson in 1989.
Following the check presentation, company executives, including Yates Vice President Paul Musick, accompanied Meyers on a campus tour that included the CREATE Center and the College of Engineering building.