Universal Creative Partners with FAMU to Empower the Next Generation of Innovators and Creators

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) and Universal Creative, the team that designs, develops and delivers innovative themed entertainment experiences across the globe for Universal Destinations & Experiences, have come together to form a unique partnership.

The new partnership, made official last fall, supports student success and academic excellence within FAMU’s School of Architecture and Engineering Technology – increasing awareness of career opportunities in the themed entertainment industry and empowering the next generation of innovators, storytellers and creators.

“We are excited for the opportunity to meaningfully impact FAMU students through sharing timely experiences and projects to familiarize them with the robust career opportunities in our expanding industry,” said Eric Parr, Senior Vice President, Creative Studio at Universal Creative. “FAMU students will have the unique opportunity to explore our attractions from the perspective of an architect, engineer, designer and any number of careers. The potential for these talented students is endless.”

The collaboration covers three main areas: academic support, curriculum enrichment and professional development. It includes school supplies, career fairs, project assignments and park visits, as well as valuable mentorship, recruitment opportunities and more. Universal Creative aims to give participating students the foundations for career success by continuing to build their professional competencies and nurturing their interest in STEM careers.

“FAMU’s relationship with Universal Creative underscores the importance of building collaborative and innovative partnerships for our students,” said Allyson L. Watson, Ph.D., Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at FAMU. “When our graduates enter the workforce, they will not only be gainfully employed at our partner institutions, but academically prepared to propel their respective industry upward to new heights.”

Qui’untae Bristol, Assistant Manager of Construction with Universal Creative, and Chris Hightower, Senior Engineer of Global Attractions at Universal Destinations & Experiences, are graduates of the FAMU School of Architecture and Engineering Technology. The School’s Interim Dean, Andrew Chin, credits their hard work the last two years to help form this partnership.

“Our alumni are remarkable in their willingness to give back to the University. It speaks to how much value they gained as students and their strong desire to share unique professional development opportunities with future graduates of our program,” said Chin.

More information about the FAMU School of Architecture and Engineering Technology is available here.