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Press release

United States Department of Agriculture

United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) Selects VANTIX to Provide Nationwide Program Management for USDA 1890 Scholars Program

WASHINGTON, DC - - - VANTIX has been selected as the prime vendor to provide nationwide training and program management services to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Civil Rights. The 1890 Scholars Program is a partnership between of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. The program awards scholarships to students to attend one of 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities that choose to study agrarian sciences and was established to enhance employment and advancement of students through partnerships, mentoring programs, intern positions and corporate recruitment initiatives.

Although the program focuses on students, the information disseminated and items discussed pertain to career and employment issues that interest and help all Agrarian industry professionals regardless of gender. USDA required an experienced provider of program management services to provide the coordination and prioritization of educational and training resources across one thousand eight hundred and ninety (1890) colleges and universities. The agency needed to ensure that resource contention amongst students and mentors nationwide was managed in an efficient manner. After a competitive selection process, USDA chose VANTIX to implement career and development training, program logistics and management controls across all university programs.

"USDA places a high importance on ensuring the next generation of managers, scientists, farmers and agrarian science workers have access to quality educational resources," said VANTIX President / CEO, Kenya Pittman. "USDA''s selection of VANTIX validates our commitment to deliver quality technical and program management services to address education enhancement across a broad range of topics that include on-farm production, post-harvest processing, shipping, storage, food buying, food preparation and food consumption.”

About VANTIX

VANTIX is a provider of enterprise information technology (IT) services for government and commercial clients. Using unique solutions, VANTIX provides process automation and on-demand professional sourcing by assembling high-quality IT consultants to meet client needs. VANTIX develops, engineers, deploys, and manages critical IT solutions for the education, transportation, healthcare and petroleum industries.

Leading organizations and government agencies such as: Proctor and Gamble, Mercedes-Benz, District of Columbia Government, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Discovery Communications, United States Army and the U.S. Department of Agriculture rely on VANTIX to provide cutting edge on-demand information technology solutions to solve their complex enterprise business problems.

USDA 1890 Scholars Program

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program offers scholarships to U.S. citizens who are seeking a bachelor''s degree at one of the seventeen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions and Tuskegee University to study agriculture, food, or natural resource sciences and related majors. The program helps to strengthen the partnership between USDA and the 1890 institutions; helps to increase the number of students studying agriculture and related disciplines; and offers career opportunities at USDA. http://www.usda.gov