More than 700 students from schools in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., can now take part in programs where they learn about – and prepare for – careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
This was made possible, in part, by a $20,000 contribution from AT&T to the Foundation for Educational Development, Inc, the charitable arm of Career Communications Group.
“At AT&T, we’re working with groups like the Foundation for Educational Development, Inc. to help young people focus on what it takes to be successful in school and in high-demand STEM careers,” said Tara Harris. “By teaming up with nonprofit organizations, academia, and government leaders, we can prepare the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs and technology leaders for the region and the nation.”
The contribution is part of AT&T’s Aspire program, one of the largest corporate commitments focused on helping more students graduate from high school ready for college and careers. In 2012, AT&T announced an additional quarter-billion-dollar expansion of the program, bringing the total planned commitment to $350 million since Aspire was launched in 2008.
“Career Communications Group and the Technology Awareness Program are overjoyed by AT&T’s great donation to our foundation,” said Tyrone Taborn, CEO of Career Communications Group. “I am grateful to have AT&T’s strong support, as we continue to develop and strengthen our TAP program.”
In the TAP program, students participate in special sessions focused on college preparation, leadership skills and tips for leading a successful life. They also hear from speakers from top government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and university admissions offices, who outline the benefits and pathways to becoming a STEM professional.
In addition, students participate in a STEM Carnival where they design video games, develop smartphone apps, participate in a flight simulation, compete in a Jeopardy social media game, and play Technology Feud in Cyber Security – all designed to show the students how STEM studies can lead to a successful career. Participating schools also receive mentoring and curricular materials for use in class.