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The National Society of Black Engineers wants the U.S. to produce 10,000 African-American bachelor’s degree recipients in engineering annually by 2025. The current number of black undergraduates leaving college each year with an engineering degree: just 3,620. TheĀ “Be 1 of 10,000″ campaign launches this month with outreach to seventh-graders, 150,000 of whom NSBE aims to steer toward engineering college and career paths. The initiative will also involve an expansion of the society’s Summer Engineering Experience for Kids program, encouraging more public high schools to offer calculus, upping academic support for black engineering students in college, and boosting institutional capacity to graduate those students.

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