Dr. Isaac J. Crumbly, PhD is the founder of Fort Valley State University's Cooperative Developmental Energy Program (CDEP). CDEP was formed on July 1, 1983 with a grant from the Department of Energy. The program encourages minority students to consider careers in the energy industry. It began as an internship program for academically talented Business, Computer Science, Math and Chemistry majors with a 3.0 GPA from FortValleyStateUniversity. Later, CDEP evolved into a dual-degree program with university partners such as the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the University of Oklahoma. Crumbly calls this the “three plus two approach.” Students attend FVSU for three years and a partnering institution for two years. Upon graduation, they receive two bachelor degrees – one from FVSU, another from the partnering institution in fields like engineering and health physics – a course that studies the effects of radiation on the human body.
Marathon is one of many corporate supporters of CDEP, including Shell Oil Company, Exxon-Mobil, BP Corporation, Halliburton, Conoco Phillips, AGL Resources, and Georgia Power.