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AT&T Alabama contributes $20,000 for STEM program at AIDB
AT&T Alabama recently contributed $20,000 to the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) Foundation through the AT&T ASPIRE program. The donation will be used to expand Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programming at the Alabama School for the Deaf.
Aspire brings together AT&T employees, nonprofits and community members to help equip students with the skills they need to lead the digital, global economy. AT&T is investing in innovative education organizations, tools and solutions; and employing technology and capabilities unique to their company to make a positive impact on education.
AT&T Alabama has been supportive of Assistive Technology, the Music and Recording programs and now the development of a STEM program at Alabama School for the Deaf. The demand for skilled workers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math related fields continues to grow. It is predicted that STEM jobs will grow at nearly double the rate of non-STEM related jobs within the next three to five years.
“It is critical that we adequately prepare students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing to be successful at the college level,” said AIDB President Dr. John Mascia. “We are grateful to AT&T Alabama for being a partner in AIDB’s goal to provide state-of-the-art education and training programs. Expanding our STEM curriculum is essential to our students’ future growth and success.”
“At AT&T, we are committed to building a viable, creative and adaptive workforce that is prepared to face the changing needs of employers and customers,” stated Fred McCallum, president of AT&T Alabama. “Young people are our future, and we know each has the potential to achieve something great. We are pleased to have the opportunity to support AIDB’s new STEM curriculum that positions more of Alabama’s youth for success both now and in the future.”
The Alabama School for the Deaf is a component of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind and boasts a 98 percent graduation rate in academic students over the past five years. During the summer of 2016, ASD held its first “Drones and Droids” Summer Camp for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in Alabama in partnership with the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
AIDB and AT&T’s ASPIRE program share a common philosophy: Every student deserves opportunities to reach his or her full potential. By removing barriers, sparking innovative solutions and making connections, we can help every student achieve a bright, successful future.