BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) -– While minority numbers are increasing in Corporate America, there is still a huge gap. Baker Hughes is partnering with Southern University to share knowledge on what corporate America is looking for in today’s age.

Southern University students reported to a different type of classroom where Baker Hughes was the professor. Students could learn about personal branding, networking, and entrepreneurship from the lenses of corporate America. “It’s important that we show up in our communities and develop really substantial partnerships and relationships. And this is an example of us doing that,” explained Chief Diversity Equity & Inclusion Officer at Baker Hughes, Nicole Durham.

Southern University received a $200,000 grant from the Baker Hughes Foundation to promote education and opportunity in minority communities. “Energy industry has a lot to tackle and we need bright, curious minds and we can find that here at Southern University,” Durham continued. “And they’re teaching our students everything they need to be successful and compete in the global economy that we live in today,” emphasized Career Service Executive Director at Southern University, Tamara Foster-Montgomery.

More than 150 students engaged with directors and CEOs and learned dining etiquette to make sure they were prepared from all angles. “To be ready to prepare for opportunities as soon as they graduate,” exclaimed Region Human Resources Manager at Baker Hughes, Whitney Ford.

Teyanah Owens, a junior at Southern University says even though the program does not focus on her career goals, she learned important information that can follow her for the rest of her life. “To meet a worker who was a mass communications major, that showed me that, you know, you don’t have to be an engineering major, it is open to everyone,” she continued.

Baker Hughes says this is only the beginning they will also invest in three other HBCUs as well as go back to Southern University for career fairs.