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Students to be Introduced To Intelligence Careers

CSULB will play host to a summer institute from June 25-29 to introduce area high school students to careers in the intelligence community.

The institute is funded by a federal grant won in 2006 by a consortium of seven CSU campuses led by CSU San Bernardino. The $750,000 annual grant, awarded by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, paid for the establishment of the CSU Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence, which helps students develop skills they could use as analysts or engineers in such organizations as the CIA, the FBI or any of the 16 agencies of the intelligence community.

CSU San Bernardino’s Mark T. Clark, director of the consortium, explained that the 2004 Intelligence Reform Act mandated the intelligence community to reach out to the academy and encourage the study of languages, cultures, good writing and thinking as part of the larger effort to be better prepared for the future.

At the consortium’s other campuses, including CSULB, Cal Poly Pomona and CSUs Bakersfield, Dominguez Hills, Fullerton and Northridge, undergraduates can add an intelligence community concentration to their majors. The Center of Academic Excellence, which Clark directs, will shape curricular programs on the seven campuses to help students with language acquisition, critical thinking and writing, foreign studies, GIS-related skills, national security and intelligence studies and graduate studies in related programs.

The center will develop summer institute programs for high school students, explains Geography’s Chris Lee, one of the campus conference organizers. “High school outreach programs like this will encourage students to graduate from high school and prepare for college by providing them with seminars and information sessions on regional studies, cultures, languages, technology and potential career paths with the intelligence community,” he said.