The College of Engineering has received a $8,000 gift from Union Pacific Railroad for Maximizing Engineering Potential (MEP) programs.
The gift will be used to increase the visibility of Union Pacific as an employer of Cal Poly Pomona engineering students, according to Lily Gossage, MEP director. Specifically, it will target underrepresented groups.
“The funding is to support MEP’s Academic Excellence Workshops — in particular, increasing pass rates for ‘bottleneck’ engineering courses — career presentation sessions, and visits to Union Pacific,” she says.
Brent Litjen, senior recruitment manager for Union Pacific, presented the check to students and Gossage during a ceremony and spoke of why Union Pacific continues to invest in the College of Engineering.
“Cal Poly Pomona graduates have flourished in our environment and progressed very well. They come right out of school with great training,” Litjen says. “The hands-on approach is great. They’re used to coming out and actually doing the work instead of just learning about it.”
Litjen says Union Pacific expects to continue building relationships with Cal Poly Pomona and its students into the future.
“This school is known throughout the nation to produce great engineering students, and it’s worked out for us.” Litjen said.