NASA Hires Eight CIAA Graduates
Shera L. White  8/28/05

Hampton, VA.-- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) partnership has resulted in eight CIAA graduates gaining employment with the agency. The 2005 CIAA Career Day held in March was slated as one of NASA Corporate Recruitment sites. Over 200 CIAA students applied to receive on-site interviews during the event; 57 interviews were conducted and since then eight candidates have been selected for Civil Service positions.

 NASA Headquarters, in Washington DC, hired Derek Wells of Bowie State University, and Joyonda Pettis of Virginia State University. Lauren Johnson of Virginia State University will be stationed at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, while Eunice Rose of Bowie State University, and Cedric Mitchener of Shaw University will be working at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas will house Kendrick Glenn of North Carolina Central University and Andrien Clayton of Fayetteville State University, while Anthony Kent of Winston-Salem State University will report to NASA Service Support Center, Stennis, Mississippi.

The NASA-CIAA partnership has been outstanding. It has enhanced our educational component, inspired the youth of our communities in math and science, and provided employment for our graduates. It is my hope that other agencies will seek similar benefits for their organization as it relates to awareness, says CIAA Commissioner Leon G. Kerry.