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The University of the District of Columbia has partnered with Verizon Innovative Learning to help prepare students for jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The 2018 -2019 curriculum program includes hands-on advanced technology, app development, coding, 3-D design and printing, robotics, virtual reality and more.

Since 2012, Verizon Innovative Learning, through its Verizon Wireless retail stores, has been working to help kids learn new skills through hands-on technology workshops for elementary and middle school students ages 8-12.

Summer programs have been held at Jackson State University, Morgan State University, and North Carolina A&T University.

The 3-week tech immersion program on the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) campus will run from July 9 through July 27. 

Students will be paired with graduate and undergraduate UDC students who will serve as year-round mentors.

According to Westat March 2017, after two years Verizon Innovative Learning students improved on standardized tests at rates higher than their peers – 3X for math and 2X for reading.

By 2020, 77% of the jobs in the United States will require a technology skill-set, yet millions of students still lack access to the technology and resources they need to help them thrive in a digital economy.

Verizon Innovative Learning, a Verizon Foundation education initiative, addresses this issue by providing free technology, free access and an innovative curriculum to students impacted by the digital divide.

UDC’s program will be followed by a STEM Academy one Saturday a month September 2018 through April 2019.

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