Through diligence, dedication and a focus on co-curricular activities, Harris-Stowe State University students are making the most of their summer by successfully competing for scholarships and earning their place in the workforce. HSSU students realize that academic excellence makes for an easy transition to what could potentially be the next phase of their career.

Jordan Fowlkes and Michael Tabb, senior Accounting majors at the Anheuser-Busch School of Business (ABSB) at HSSU, have received internships with The Boeing Company. These paid internships will begin May 31, and continue full time through September 2013, with the possibility of being extended. Their training and professional development will include budget forecasting for Supply Chain Management and Operations in the Boeing Defense, Space and Security unit in St. Louis.

Fowlkes, in addition to being considered a star student, has held several offices for student organizations at HSSU including former vice president of the Student Government Association (SGA), president of the Pre-Law Club and currently serves as president of the ABSB Accounting Students Association (ASA).

“Through this experience I want to learn more about The Boeing Company, budget forecasting and further develop my leadership skills. In general, I hope to gain more knowledge about the vast field of accounting at the corporate level.” said Fowlkes, who is a former vice president for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Student Advisory Council and a Des Lee Fellow for the United Way.

He has previously interned as a grade 6-8 mathematics teacher for the St. Louis Public Schools and Pamoja Preparatory Academy, in addition to holding positions at the Department of Veterans Affairs and Thurgood Marshall College Fund. 

Michael Tabb, also a stellar HSSU student representative, serves as president of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Student Chapter-St. Louis and a former president of ASA, the Pre-Law Club and a past Thurgood Marshall student ambassador. He has experience as a junior accountant with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Ga., an intern he held last summer.    

The Atlanta CDC accepted two more of Harris-Stowe’s students as interns this summer. 2013 Health Care Management graduate, James Guest IV and senior Urban Affairs major Christopher Miller will reside in Atlanta on a paid internship.

Guest’s 11-week program in collaboration with Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga., will involve research and counseling for incarcerated men to develop substance abuse prevention and HIV intervention programs. 

“The ABSB at HSSU does more than provide a quality education – they provide great internship opportunities for their students,” explained Guest. “Dr. Eisel, chair, of the Health Care Management department was a key advocate for me in attaining the internship. These are opportunities I needed to further my training and skills to be successful in my field and prepare me to enter graduate school.”

Prior to the CDC, Guest interned for the St. Louis Collector of Revenue and the State Department of Veteran Affairs. His on-campus involvement includes past president for the HSSU Health Care Management Club and the United Way Student Chapter. 

Christopher Miller, SGA president and former Mr. HSSU, will spend his 10-week CDC internship writing safety regulations and operations procedures for the Office of Safety, Health and Environment.

Said Miller, “This opportunity with the CDC will provide me hands-on experience in public affairs and allow me to showcase the skills and talents I have acquired while at HSSU.”

Harris-Stowe’s College of Arts and Sciences has collaborated with Saint Louis University (SLU) to provide a joint summer lab experience for senior Biology majors Rana Bost and Ronnesha Smith and sophomores Aya Alkhaleeli and Andres Nieto, who will participate in a new summer internship program at SLU’s School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences. These six-week paid internships will require each student to work in a different medical research lab at the School of Medicine.


CTE program participation increases 

Participation in career and technical education (CTE) programs is growing statewide. During the 2011-2012 school year, 63 percent (or 181,418) of Missouri high school students participated in at least one CTE program. This is a 3 percent increase over the previous year.

CTE programs combine academics and occupational skills training, allowing students to learn more about possible career paths in agriculture, business, health sciences, family consumer sciences, skilled technical sciences, and marketing and cooperative education.

"Career and technical education is becoming all the more important in preparation for college or a career," said Chris L. Nicastro, Missouri commissioner of education.

College- and career-readiness is one of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's primary goals.

According to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education, almost all high school students nationwide take at least one CTE course, and one in four students take three or more courses in a single program area. Additionally, one-third of college students are involved in CTE programs, and as many as 40 million adults engage in short-term postsecondary occupational training.

Missouri has a number of CTE programs available for students. Project Lead the Way provides rigorous and innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum in high schools. Missouri Connections is a free, online resource, which allows students to explore potential careers and helps guide them through their career planning process. And Pathways to Prosperity is a national education initiative designed to build career pathway systems for high-school-aged students. Missouri is one of six states selected by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Jobs for the Future to participate in the Pathways to Prosperity Network.

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) provide a critical opportunity for students in high schools and career technical centers throughout the state. These organizations provide additional opportunities for students outside of the classroom to develop and refine the skills they will need after graduation. Over 74,000 students participated in 10 different Missouri CTSOs during the 2011-2012 school year.

"The majority of our CTSOs rank within the top 10 in membership nationally, which reinforces the fact that Missouri students are learning these important life-long skills for success," said Dennis Harden, career education coordinator for the department.

For more information about CTE in Missouri, visit Learn more about CTE on a national level by visiting the Association for Career and Technical Education's website,

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