Jan 28, 2014 7:18 PM by Leah Kraus
More than half of workers in the denfense industry are eligible to retire, according to global security company Northrop Grumman. They say that could mean a "crisis" for the defense industry. It's one reason they're partnering with UCCS.
"We have a crisis of sorts on our hands to create a way to fill that pipeline to replace that workforce that could walk out the door at any time," says Russ Anarde,
Corportate Lead Executive for the company.
They chose UCCS as a Core University Partner -- part of their effort to attract top employees to eventually work for them. UCCS says it's an enormous opportunity for them.
"Last year's [engineering] class had fantastic job opportunities," says UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley - Zalabak. "One, because they're capable, and two, because the need is broad in engineering jobs."
With Northrop Grumman now on the table, those job prospects could get even stronger. Being a Core Partner means STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) students at UCCS get money for scholarships and internships as well as job opportunities when they graduate.
It's a way for employer and employee to work together to shoot for a solid future for both.