AT&T Brings Real-World STEM Experiences for Students Through Florida's Local Education Foundations

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AT&T is working with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations for this school year to provide hands-on opportunities for students to experience real-world applications of STEM education concepts, problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

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Understanding how classroom curriculum translates into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers can be a critical component for engaging today’s students and teachers in creating tomorrow’s workforce. Hands-on learning opportunities can provide the critical link of relevance for students and answer the age-old student question of “When am I ever going to use this?” while increasing their awareness and interest in STEM careers.

To provide this critical link from classroom to careers, AT&T is collaborating with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) this school year to provide experiential learning opportunities for students from 29 school districts through 47 separate projects involving 52 local workplace partners. Real-world application of STEM education concepts, problem-solving and critical thinking skills are all key elements of each project.

“We know that industries engaged in STEM disciplines will create a majority of high-value, high-wage jobs and within ten years, almost nine out of ten new jobs will require education beyond a high school degree,” said Joe York, AT&T Florida President. “We are pleased to make this contribution because Florida’s K-12 education foundations are well positioned to be the link between schools and local businesses for students, enabling them to build connections with potential employers in their communities, get a sense of what careers they offer and the skill sets they require.”

Two additional CFEF contributors have followed AT&T’s lead to provide similar programs with local impact throughout Florida. The Motorola Solutions Foundation is funding nine larger-scale projects through a competitive grant process. CenturyLink is funding 24 projects in their “Teachers and Technology Grant” initiative providing training and needed equipment to enhance digital learning in the classroom.

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About the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF):

The CFEF is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations. Established in 1987, the CFEF seeks to advance student achievement in Florida by increasing private sector investment and involvement in public education. The CFEF now has 59 member foundations with 1,100 business and community leaders serving as volunteer board members. Collectively, they raise more than $45 million annually to support students, teachers and schools through a variety of programs. The CFEF has provided more than $27 million to local education foundations since 2002 through various private- and public-sector partnerships, including the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.

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