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Fostering Dynamic Careers in Engineering for Young People
Significant AT&T Contribution Benefits 10 Academies of Engineering Nationwide
White Plains. N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., (NACME) has announced a $300,000 contribution from AT&T to cover two years of activities, of which $100,000 will go to support 10 Academies of Engineering (AOEs), a National Academy Foundation (NAF) network of career-themed academies, across the country. AT&T is a founding partner of NACME, having served on NACME’s Board of Directors since its inception in 1974.
The contribution was presented today to NACME during a special event at the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture (CTEA) in Ozone Park, NY. Sponsor representatives and members of the media toured classrooms and saw exciting student presentations of robotics and other engineering projects.
AT&T has contributed more than $6.6 million to NACME since 1984.
The AOEs, aim to educate high school students in the principles of engineering, and provide content in the fields of electronics, biotech, aerospace, civil engineering, and architecture. The AOEs were founded as a three-way partnership between NACME, NAF, and Project Lead the Way (PLTW). As of the 2014-2015 academic year, there are 109 AOEs nationwide.
The 10 AOEs receiving AT&T support were selected by NACME based on their commitment to enhance learning for underrepresented minority students on the pathway to higher education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.
The funding will enable teachers to conduct hands on learning in the classroom through purchase of Project Lead the Way curriculum and supplies. Students will also be eligible for a range of resources available through NACME, including scholarships and supplementary engineering awareness and career preparatory materials.
“AT&T is a national leader in technology, innovation, and philanthropy,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and CEO of NACME. “Our Academies of Engineering are incubators, which serve to nurture promising students at the crucial phase when they are preparing for college and deciding on a career path. This ongoing support from AT&T will continue to ensure student success stories.”
This contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s $350 million commitment to education. Launched in 2008, AT&T Aspire is one of the largest-ever corporate commitments to address high school success and workforce readiness.
As part of AT&T’s $150,000 contribution from last year, fivegraduating seniors from the selected AOE schools received a one-time, $2,500 scholarship toward their first-year in college. These dynamic students are in their first-year now and have stated they will be entering engineering and technical fields including, chemical engineering, computer science, petroleum engineering, and civil engineering.
“AT&T’s commitment to pre-engineering programs for underrepresented minority students, like the High School for CTEA, helps to ensure that America maintains its pre-eminence in scientific and technological innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship,” said Marissa Shorenstein, president of AT&T New York. “AT&T’s collaboration with the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering further enhances our commitment to providing resources for STEM related initiatives that will result in the success of our future workforce.”
Academies of Engineering that received support through the AT&T grant included:
- A.J. Moore High Academy at University High School, Waco, TX
- Bay View High School, Milwaukee, WI
- High School for Construction Trades Engineering and Architecture, Ozone Park, NY
- Galt High School, Galt, CA
- Hialeah Gardens High School, Hialeah Gardens, FL
- Maynard Holbrook Jackson Small Learning Communities High School, Atlanta, GA
- Northeast Academy High School, Oklahoma City, OK
- Ruskin Senior High School, Kansas City, MO
- Scotlandville Magnate High School, Baton Rouge, LA
- Zebulon B. Vance High School, Charlotte, NC
“The students and faculty of the High School for CTEA are indebted to AT&T for their continuing support by extending another Aspire Grant to us this year,” adds Steven Wynn, Assistant Principal, High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture. “As in years’ past, these funds are used to enhance the engineering curriculum by offering students hands-on experiences that bring learning to life. This year students are creating two functioning robotic systems using their knowledge of the design process and principles of engineering, skills that will empower their understanding and increase their career potential as we move further into the 21st Century.”
(L-R) Lakeisha Gordon, Principal CTEA; Ed Bergstraesser, Director, External Affairs, AT&T; Elizabeth Ross, Chief Development Officer, NACME; and Steven Wynn (Photo: Todd Boebel)
About NACME: Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.
NACME Scholars hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines. www.nacme.org
About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. In 2013, more than $130 million was contributed or directed through corporate-, employee-, social investment- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring.