REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Focusing on opportunities for the hearing impaired, the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center launched an educational outreach experience this summer.

The program, called the STEM Outreach Cooperative Education Experience, was heartily endorsed by AMRDEC Director Eric Edwards.

George White, an Alabama resident and a junior majoring in Applied Computer Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology National Technical Institute for the Deaf, New York, is the program's first participant. He participates as an engineering aide in the Technical Management Division of the Engineering Directorate.

"I have enjoyed my co-op at AMRDEC this summer," White said using American Sign Language which is recognized as a foreign language. "There are many things to learn about the job, meet workers, and find the parts for the status of the data. It's really wonderful to help people around the building. I would like to give a sign of salute to the building for working hard this summer."

While becoming familiar with technical documentation management and data workflow processes, White's major task is assisting with the transfer of hard copy legacy data to electronic formats for command repository submission. His supervisor is Deborah Cornelius, Chief, Status Accounting Office, Engineering Directorate.

"George was excited to have the opportunity to contribute to our mission and complete his assigned tasks," Cornelius said. "As soon as he would finish one task, he would let me know immediately and be ready for the next one."

SOCEE is a learning opportunity available through the AMRDEC STEM Education and Outreach office. Applicants must be enrolled at educational/academic institutes for the hearing impaired.

This cooperative learning experience provides an organized, progressive and diversified experiential learning environment designed to enhance employability, technical knowledge and skills beyond those available in the classroom. It allows students to experience their chosen professions in a real work environment.

For more information about SOCEE contact the AMRDEC STEM Education and Outreach Office,, 256-876-2789.