Pratt & Whitney and Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of their partnership on a Quality Scholarship Program. At an event last month, students from CCSU spoke about the quality scholarship program, their internship experience at Pratt & Whitney and how this opportunity has changed their career paths and, more importantly, their lives.
When students were asked what they thought of when they heard "Pratt & Whitney," their eyes lit up. "When I think of Pratt & Whitney, I think of people, pride and power," said Mickey Perez, the first woman scholarship recipient in the CCSU Quality Program. "Pratt & Whitney has the most amazing people. There is pride in this organization, they love being here and love knowing that what they do makes a difference."
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"The most important thing I'll take away from this experience is how much a passion for engineering affects what you do in the long run for a career. I've wanted to be an engineer since I was in high school," said Adrian Dunkley, a CCSU scholarship student who graduated and was recently hired by P&W's Quality Organization.
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"We have a very bright future ahead of us at Pratt & Whitney, and perfect quality is how we will deliver on our commitments to our customers worldwide," said Mary Anne Cannon, vice president, Quality and Environment, Health and Safety. "We need trained, professional quality engineers and this program supports this goal as we continue to develop a talented workforce for our company."
The Quality Scholarship Program is a two-year program designed to better prepare students for a career within the aerospace quality engineering field. The program offers academic advisement, student mentoring and work experience.