NC State’s Graduate School provides students with a solid educational foundation for pursuing future opportunities. Since 2017, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers have been able to take advantage of a unique pathway to reaching professional goals: the Accelerate to Industry (A2i)™ program.
Funded by the National Science Foundation through an Innovations in Graduate Education grant, A2i helps students develop skills that give them an edge in an increasingly competitive workforce. The program helps students gain extra preparation for pursuing careers in industry with hands-on experience and mentoring from partners on Centennial Campus and beyond.
“The program was born in response to the downward trend of PhDs moving into academia combined with the uptick of PhDs moving into industry,” said Joe Aldinger, A2i program manager. “Our students have all the benefits of a solid graduate education combined with valuable engagement with industry partners who seek an advanced skill set.”