Bethune-Cookman University has launched a partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency under which it will work with the federal organization to address the stagnant participation of minority students in environmental fields.

With the EPA’s assistance, the Florida-based historically Black university will incorporate programs in areas including environmental science education and workforce development, faculty research, seminars or mini courses, outreach programs, technical assistance, and infrastructure.

As part of the agreement, the EPA will help improve the university’s environmental policy and science curriculum. The EPA will also offer internship opportunities to students interested in pursuing careers in environmental science and research, in an effort to attract more minorities interested in environmental fields, the agency said in a statement.

Bethune-Cookman President Dr. Edison O. Jackson, said he hopes the four-year partnership with the EPA will prepare more minority students for careers in the environmental field.

“This is a great accomplishment for B-CU,” Jackson said in a statement. “We will now be able to efficiently compete for relative research grants and take advantage of other great environmental opportunities. Most importantly, we will open up many avenues for our students, faculty and surrounding communities, as well.”