SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Boeing announced on Monday that the company has signed with Southern University and A&M College an 18-month NASA Mentor-Protege agreement to work together on NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) program.
Boeing will provide tactical business and technical support to Southern University to improve its ability to win NASA contracts and subcontracts. The university already supplies alumni engineering skills to Boeing for SLS at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.
"We are honored to be the first HBCU (historically Black colleges and universities) to enter into a Mentor-Protege agreement with Boeing," said Ray Belton, president of the Southern University System and chancellor of Southern University and A&M College.
The NASA-sponsored Mentor-Protege Program pairs large companies with eligible small businesses and minority-serving institutions to enhance the proteges' capabilities and enable them to compete for larger, more complex contracts, according to Boeing.
During 2019, Boeing subcontracted approximately 5.3 billion U.S. dollars to small and diverse businesses.
"Boeing has enjoyed a productive relationship with Southern University that will only be enhanced by this NASA Mentor-Protege agreement," said John Shannon, Boeing SLS vice president and program manager.
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