ARMENTROUT, CASSIDY, PAPENDORF CHOSEN AS NATIONAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE AEROSPACE SCHOLARS

Aerospace Scholars to Visit Johnson Space Center May 9-11
 
(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – March 7, 2012) - - - Aaron Armentrout, Kyle Cassidy and Joshua Papendorf proved that they have the right stuff when they found out that they were among the 92 students chosen from across the nation to be the 2012 National Community College Aerospace Scholars .

The Columbia State Community College students are part of a select group of students that were invited to visit one of the NASA locations in order to participate in a hands-on engineering team project this coming May. During their time at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, the students will have the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers, educators and astronauts, as well as other community college students from across the nation.

“These students were selected to study STEM programs with NASA engineers, and they were chosen from across the nation to participate after a very arduous and competitive process,” Professor Glenn Hudson said. “We have had a couple of students in other years receive the honor, but to have more than one in a single year is very significant.”

The NCAS is an educational program in which a select group of students participate in web-based activities, a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA and a 3-day hands-on engineering experience. The students chosen as Aerospace Scholars must be U.S. citizens that are currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at a community college and should have a strong interest in math, science, engineering and computer science.
 
Photo Caption (IMG_5682): Aaron Armentrout is a resident of Spring Hill, Tenn. and will graduate this May.
 
Photo Caption (IMG_5688): Joshua Papendorf is a resident of Thompson Station, Tenn. and is currently a freshman at Columbia State.
 
Photo Caption (IMG_5692): Kyle Cassidy is a resident of Hohenwald, Tenn. and is currently a sophomore at Columbia State.
 
Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee’s first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, the sixth largest higher education system in the nation. For more information, please visit www.columbiastate.edu.
 
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