BJ Singh, president and CEO of EventEQ
When Howard Community College (HCC) developed its entertainment technology program from a grant provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2017, EventEQ quickly got involved, building a valuable relationship with the college.
“This relationship has been getting stronger over the last 18 months,” said BJ Singh, president and CEO of EventEQ. In that time, EventEQ has invested upwards of $100,000 in equipment and in-kind services for the program. The company recently announced their continued support for HCC through the creation of a merit-based scholarship – a donation which helps with costs for two students pursuing coursework in the entertainment technology program in the 2019-2020 academic year.
Scholarship recipients are expected to be announced in fall 2020.
Singh, who co-founded EventEQ in 2006 following a successful career in the tech sector, said he wants students to know that it is possible to pursue a career in a field they are passionate about.
“My hope is that these scholarships will allow others to get a head start following their dreams,” he said. When it comes to giving, Singh said he believes in supporting education and programs that support the industry.
“Entertainment technology is a lucrative long-term career. We find partnering with colleges beneficial to attract students to this career path. The partnerships provide the access and influence to ensure that the program is relevant to what the students need to learn to be successful in the industry. And as the industry grows, this partnership provides a stream of part-time and full-time employees.
Singh has been a long-term resident and employer in Howard County for years. His sister is a graduate of HCC, which he said has a well-known reputation in the community.
“Howard Community College does a great job and works with the industry to make sure necessary skills, hard and soft skills, are being taught,” he said. “The students are gaining real-world experience as they are going through the program. “