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NACME and AT&T Provide Support for Next Generation of Engineering Talent

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NACME and AT&T Provide Support for Next
Generation of Engineering Talent
Ten Academies of Engineering Receive Funding for High School Students’ STEM Projects


White Plains, N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) announces a $150,000 contribution from AT&T, of which $50,000 will go to support 10 Academies of Engineering (AOEs), a National Academy Foundation (NAF) network of career-themed academies, across the country.

These 10 AOEs were selected 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 (PLTW) 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.

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 PLTW. The list of current partners includes, The STEM Academy, Paxton/Patterson, ConnectEdu, and SME Education Foundation. In the 2012-2013 academic year, there were 85 AOEs, including 11 that recently completed their year of planning, serving more than 11,000 students nationwide.
“We value the long-standing collaboration with AT&T that dates back to our founding four decades ago,” said NACME President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail. 

“AT&T’s commitment to pre-engineering programs for underrepresented minority students in grades K-12 helps to ensure that America maintains its preeminence in scientific and technological innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship.”“AT&T’s partnership 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,” said Marissa Shorenstein, New York State President, AT&T. “Our economy continues to transform – requiring a workforce with a focus on technological education and literacy to ensure that the students of today are able to compete in the global economy of tomorrow.”
As part of AT&T’s $150,000 contribution from last year, five graduating seniors from these AOE schools received scholarships toward their freshman year in college. These dynamic students are freshmen now and have stated they will be entering engineering and technical fields including, chemical engineering, computer science, petroleum engineering, and civil engineering. 

The funds provided by AT&T will be used to support NACME’s mission to provide access and opportunity for underrepresented minority students who require financial assistance to pursue engineering coursework at the undergraduate level. In addition to the support for specific AOEs, AT&T support will provide minecraft and engineering awareness materials for middle school students and pre-engineering scholarships for graduating seniors continuing on to a university engineering program.

This support 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.

Academies of Engineering that are receiving support:
•    A.J. Moore High School (University High School), Waco, TX
•    Bay View High School, Milwaukee, WI
•    High School for Construction Trades Engineering and Architecture High School, 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

About NACME
Since 1974, NACME has provided leadership and support for the national effort to increase the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. With funding from corporate and individual donors, NACME has supported over 23,000 students with more than $124 million in scholarships and other support. Currently, NACME provides scholarship support for approximately 1,250 college engineering students through a national network of 51 NACME Partner Universities. For more information go to: www.nacme.org

About Philanthropy 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.

 

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Pictured (L-R): White Plains, N.Y., Mayor, Tom Roach; Emanuel Azcona, graduate from the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering, and Architecture, Ozone Park, N.Y., and current NACME Scholar at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering; NACME Alumna, Kecia Palmer-Cousins; AT&T Director of External Affairs, Ed Bergstraesser; and NACME President and CEO, Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail.

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Pictured (L-R): AT&T Director of External Affairs, Ed Bergstraesser; NACME President and CEO, Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail; and White Plains N.Y., Mayor Tom Roach.

 

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Pictured (L-R): Emanuel Azcona, graduate from the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering, and Architecture, Ozone Park, N.Y., and current NACME Scholar at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering; NACME Alumna, Kecia Palmer-Cousins; and NACME President and CEO, Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail.