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Ricky Dobbs is walking the walk. Dobbs, a United States Navy officer and a former college football quarterback for the U. S. Naval Academy (USNA), kicked off Career Communications Group's two-day Student Leadership Symposium at historically Black Norfolk State University Wednesday.
Dobbs told middle and high-school students and organizers at the event that “before you become a great leader, you must first learn to become a great follower, and the Naval Academy instilled that in me.”
Dobbs recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in general science from the USNA. He was also a team captain, one of the highest honors an athlete can receive at the Academy. Dobbs was a leader at Annapolis' Bancroft Hall, where all Midshipmen live, as he was voted Vice President of his class. He has selected Surface Warfare as his service.
An active participant in community service projects both in Annapolis and in his hometown of Douglasville, Ga., Dobbs has helped at several youth football camps and received the key to the city in his hometown of Douglasville this past summer.
Ensign Ricky Dobbs (center) poses for a group photograph with Corporate Team members Ty Taborn (right) and Jacob Wiggins
"Having ENS [Ensign] Dobbs address our group allowed us to promote STEM and Leadership from the perspective of a Naval Academy graduate and a distinguished collegiate student-athlete," said Career Communications Group Corporate Development representative, Ty Taborn. "ENS Dobbs encouraged students to follow their dreams despite various challenges that they may face."
The Student Leadership Symposium is one of the main highlights of the Career Communications Group (CCG) Technology Awareness Program. In line with its mission to support students and teachers in STEM, the U.S. Department of Energy is a sponsor of the program, which consists of three-day STEM summer camps on the campuses of four historically Black colleges and universities. At each HBCU campus, top speakers from federal and local government agencies, Fortune 500 companies and university admission offices will join diverse professionals to expose students to role models in an array of technology fields.
Over the last decade, the U.S. Navy has been consistently ranked as a Top Supporter of Historically Black Engineering Colleges by USBE&IT magazine. Support comes in the form of scholarships, internships, stipends, donations for laboratory development, fellowships, curriculum development and K-12 outreach efforts. Norfolk State University’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology had 2,248 students enrolled in 2011. Overall freshmen retention rate is 73 percent.
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