Ardent, a leading-edge technology firm with principal offices in Arlington, VA and Tulsa, OK is excited to announce a new partnership with Langston University a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) located in Langston, Oklahoma and the only HBCU in the state. Langston University opened in 1897 with only 41 students and has since grown to approximately 3,000 students on three unique campuses providing a robust education that prepares students for leadership in various careers.
“As an active member of the Oklahoma community, Ardent is thrilled to be partnering with Langston University,” said Brandon LaBonte, President & Chief Executive Officer of Ardent. “At Ardent, we believe in supporting diversity, whether that is through hiring for an internship or a full-time exciting career in technology or by providing opportunities in career development skills like coaching and mentoring. We believe that education is the catalyst to opportunity and the tool that is key to impacting one’s future. Everyone deserves the right to equal access to opportunities and Ardent is honored to be able to support those critical efforts at Langston University for their future leaders.”
Dr. Kent J. Smith, Jr., President, Langston University said, “We are very excited to partner with Ardent in the area of curriculum, career and professional development, and internships. This partnership will impact our students greatly and provide opportunities focusing on location intelligence, digital transformation, data science and analytics. We are grateful for Ardent’s commitment to Langston students.”
Langston and Ardent’s partnership will focus on three critical areas for opportunities and development for university students. These include Career Development, Curriculum, and Internship Opportunities, positioning Langston students for lucrative careers in information technology.
In the area of career development Ardent will provide current job details to students who are within a program which align with the leading-edge technology in Ardent’s expertise they provide to the Government, these three core capabilities include Digital Transformation, Location Intelligence, and Data Science and Analytics. We will also provide development coaching services during Langston’s professional development weeks that include resume writing support, mock interview and enhancement interviews skills mentoring. Ardent will support students in their job search by providing tips and tricks and notify students of real and current jobs available that align with the student’s field of study.
The second area Ardent is supporting Langston includes their curriculum. Ardent will seek curricula-based partnerships that align student knowledge and skillsets with Ardent’s three core capabilities. As part of Langston University’s committee processes around courses and curricula, Katherine Virdi, Chief Operating Officer at Ardent will serve and provide industry-based counsel on courses, curricula, and strategic initiatives. Ardent is also committed to seeking opportunities for Langston University faculty and staff collaboration on research projects or public-private partnerships, as well as training hosted by Ardent.
Finally, Ardent will offer internship opportunities to Langston University students in areas which further support their degree program that will help to improve employment opportunity post-graduation. Ardent will assist students in providing opportunities to improve the technical skills required including training on how to build presentations, gaining working knowledge in their area of study, learning appropriate professional interaction, obtaining business knowledge, building appropriate interpersonal skills, and establishing a network of contacts.
A Digital Transformation, Location Intelligence, and Data Analytics firm, Ardent Management Consulting (Ardent) is a certified HUBZone Small Business and CMMI-Dev Level 3, v2.0 and ISO 9001:2015 company with offices in Arlington, VA and Tulsa, OK. Ardent management systems (ISMS/ITSMS) are certified to IS0 27001:2013: ISO 20000-1:2018 standards by SRI Quality System Registrar. Ardent brings a significant history of innovative and “at the speed of the mission” proven best practices to a variety of government agencies, DHS mission components, state and local projects, and the commercial and non-profit sectors. Ardent was recently included on the updated list of NXT UP firms poised to make big waves in the Federal sector in 2020 and for years to come.