LSU Engineering Named "American Graduate Champion" by Louisiana Public Broadcasting

BATON ROUGE, La.—The LSU College of Engineering was named an “American Graduate Champion” by Louisiana Public Broadcasting for its efforts to engage high school girls in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through its eXploration Camp Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers, or XCITE program.

The award, which was presented by LPB and Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden at a ceremony held Wednesday, honors organizations and individuals helping local youth to stay on track to college and career success. The College was one of 19 in the Baton Rouge area to be recognized.

The award is linked to “American Graduate Day 2015,” a daylong public broadcast spotlighting the efforts of the recipients through national and local programming, live interviews and performances. The national broadcast, which will air on Saturday, October 3 from 10am to 5pm, will include a segment focused specifically on the XCITE summer program.

The five-minute segment on XCITE will air at 2:30pm CST and will explore how the College, through the weeklong summer camp, is encouraging high school girls to explore STEM and eventually pursue a career in the field.

“We, at LSU’s College of Engineering, are honored to have been chosen to be part of this important broadcast,” said Mary Julia “Judy” Wornat, the College’s interim dean. “We look forward to showing others—through the segment on the XCITE summer program—that our College is committed to educating young women about their many career possibilities and preparing them for success.” 


About XCITE 
The Xploration Camp Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers (XCITE) LSU Residential Engineering Camp provides students a number of opportunities to learn about engineering through hands-on workshops and activities across a wide range of disciplines. XCITE is open to rising 9th, 10th and 11th grade female students. Visit for applications and more information. XCITE is sponsored by Fluor and Marathon Oil.

About LPB
Since 1975, Louisiana Public Broadcasting has been the public television network for the state of Louisiana with stations in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe and Shreveport. LPB is also affiliated with WLAE-TV in New Orleans. In addition to its award-winning documentaries about the history and people of Louisiana, LPB is dedicated to helping children throughout the state develop their literacy, math and science skills through its numerous educational outreach programs.

About American Graduate 
American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to help young people success in school and life. Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), more than 100 public television and radio stations have joined forces with over 1,400 partners across 40 states to elevate the stories of our youth and the supportive adults that help them succeed. Through American Graduate, public media, with its unique position as a trusted resource and important part of local communities, provides a critical platform to shine a light on pathways to graduation and successful student outcomes. National and local reporting, both on air and online is helping communities understand the challenges and community-driven solutions associated with the dropout crisis. Public forums, town halls, and community conversations are activating discussions between community leaders, educators, and more.


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Update (10/05/2015): The XCITE summer program was highlighted as part of the "American Graduate Day 2015" live, national broadcast. Please view the segment below.