I’m excited to let you know that we are building momentum in our efforts to transform the student experience in Voiland College. This fall, we are celebrating the support of the Boeing Company, which recently provided a $5 million investment to establish a new student success center on the Pullman campus.
The Boeing Center for Student Success will occupy a floor within the college’s new Schweitzer Engineering Hall that is currently under design.
At Voiland College, one-third of our students are the first in their families to go to college, and more than one-third need financial support in order to afford to go to school. These students are our future problem solvers and after they graduate, they’re going to be part of our critically important 21st century workforce, yet many of them can be overwhelmed when they start college. They can struggle through difficult courses in an unfamiliar setting. Our modernization effort provides the chance to give them the best start for success in the modern workforce.
The Boeing Company has a long history of supporting our students through mentorship programs, scholarships, and senior design support. Their leaders understand that in order to continue to produce outstanding graduates, we need to invest in state-of-the-art learning facilities designed to fit the needs of the students today, and the workforce of tomorrow.
Thanks to their gift, the Boeing Center for Student Success in Schweitzer Engineering Hall will be a hub of activity where students can seek help, explore ideas, and make connections. Featuring tutoring, mentoring, advising, and other student support programs placed all in one location, the Boeing Center will ensure the Voiland College is better serving the needs of students today and long into the future.
Thanks to all of you, our alumni, donors, and friends, who continue to provide generous support for our campaign. We are close to meeting our $40 million fundraising goal for the first part of our project, and I look forward to building on these efforts to create more modern facilities throughout the engineering precinct for our future engineers and designers.
I invite you to watch what some of our alumni and donors have to say about why they’re supporting our campaign, and I hope you can join our effort. Your support is truly making it possible for us to realize this exciting vision for the college and for WSU. Thank you.
Dean, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163