Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were founded in 1837 (Cheyney University-Pennsylvania) with a mission to support the formal education of freed slaves. Currently, there are over 100 HBCUs with over 350,000 students matriculating annually. Approximately 15% have ABET accredited engineering programs, 40% have ABET accredited computer science programs and 80% percent have some form of S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering Mathematics) programming. LABS will tap into this extensive group of talented students.