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Press Release -- September 20th, 2011
Source: AT&T
Tags: Construction

Ten Academies of Engineering to Receive $150K in Support from AT&T

Contribution will Help Thousands of Urban Students Prepare for Engineering Study in College

White Plains, New York, September 20, 2011

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) announced today that 10 urban high schools from around the country will receive funding from AT&T’s $150,000 contribution to support NACME’s Academies of Engineering (AOEs).

The AOEs are small learning communities that provide high school students with the science, technology, math and engineering skills required for college engineering study. The AOEs receiving funding from the AT&T* contribution to NACME are:

  • Galt High School, Galt, Calif.
  • Scotlandville Magnet High School, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Hialeah Gardens Senior High School, Hialeah Gardens, Fla.
  • Ruskin Senior High School, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Northeast Academy for Health Sciences and Engineering, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Bay View High School, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Zebulon B. Vance High School, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Maynard H. Jackson Small Learning Communities High School, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture High School, New York, N.Y.
  • AJ Moore Academy, Waco, Texas

In addition to the direct financial support, students from the AOEs will be eligible for a wide range of resources and materials available through NACME. These resources include scholarships and supplementary engineering awareness and career preparatory materials.

Support for the AOE program is made possible by AT&T’s contribution of $150,000 to NACME. Of this contribution, $50,000 supports NACME’s mission to provide access and opportunity for talented underrepresented minority students who require financial assistance to pursue engineering study.

“Expanding the number of successful underrepresented minority scientists and engineers is crucial to our country’s competitiveness.  Through NACME’s AOE initiative, we are improving the lives of inner city high school students and providing the roadmap to chart their path to career success,” said Beth Shiroishi, AT&T Vice President of Sustainability & Philanthropy.

“The Academy of Engineering model represents a research-based, promising practice in pre-engineering focused on increasing the representation of successful African American, American Indian and Latino women and men in engineering education and careers. AT&T has been a national leader in demonstrating a corporate commitment to enhancing high school success and workforce readiness. AT&T’s support for NACME’s Academy of Engineering model and the funding that allows 10 urban high schools’ participation is a palpable example of the strength of this commitment and makes a compelling case for the efficacy of private-public partnerships in advancing STEM education,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, NACME President & CEO.

This support is part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s four year, $100 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.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T, news, filings) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.

About Philanthropy at AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and working with other organizations, AT&T has a long history of supporting projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In 2010, more than $148.2 million was contributed through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs.

Since 1974, NACME has provided leadership and support for the national effort to increase the number of successful African American, American Indian and Latino women and men in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. With funding from corporate and individual donors, NACME has supported over 22,000 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 50 NACME Partner Universities.

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