SOURCE: Tech Council of Maryland

Tech Council of Maryland

December 03, 2010 09:11 ET

The Tech Council of Maryland Foundation Receives $30,000 Contribution From AT&T

ROCKVILLE, MD--(Marketwire - December 3, 2010) -  The Tech Council of Maryland Foundation (TCMF) announced today that it has received a $30,000 donation from telecom-giant AT&T to support its Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educational programs. AT&T's donation is the largest in the two year history of the foundation.

"The TCMF is extremely grateful to AT&T for its generous donation," said Renée M. Winsky, CEO of TCM. "These vital funds help TCMF with its mission and ensure that students in the Mid-Atlantic region are receiving the help they need to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, or math."

The programs that TCMF will launch in 2011 with the help of the AT&T contribution are:

  • High School Job Shadowing - Provide job shadowing opportunities with industry professionals.
  • Industry Professionals in Middle Schools - Provide speakers from member companies who can inform middle school students about STEM educational and career goals.
  • High School Internships - Offer high school interns to TCM members for the summer of 2011.
  • STEM Summit - Host a town-hall meeting for Maryland's educators and students who are participating in STEM curriculum.

"AT&T's commitment to education and STEM is as much a part of our legacy as our future," said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic. "Support for the TCMF's STEM initiative is another way we can help inspire and support innovation -- and equip students with the skills they will need for success in the STEM disciplines."

Schweder also said that today's contribution builds on another recent project with the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education to help build the STEMnet Teachers Hub for teachers across Maryland.

He added that AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have given nearly $80 million to support STEM initiatives since 1995. Projects supported by AT&T contributions range from STEM scholarship programs and science/math focused summer camps for at risk youth to hands-on technology labs and elite robotics competitions at the nation's leading universities.

Started in 2007, TCMF's mission is to generate and disseminate STEM-related programs, educational materials and funding to develop the next generation of skilled workers for the region's advanced technology community. It supports all students throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, but provides special consideration for minorities and women. The goal is to bring together STEM faculty and students with the area's top technology employers.

For more information about the TCM Foundation or to get involved please contact Rick Harris at rharris@techcouncilmd.com or 240-243-4070 or go to http://www.techcouncilmd.com/mdtech/tcm_foundation/

ABOUT THE TECH COUNCIL OF MARYLAND, INC.
 
The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM) is the largest technology trade group serving the advanced technology and biotechnology communities of Maryland. TCM's mission is to advocate for the interests of the technology community, further the role of technology in the Maryland economy, and nurture an environment where technology companies can collaborate, grow and succeed. For more information, visit www.techcouncilmd.com

ABOUT PHILANTHROPY AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T has a long history of supporting projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In 2009, more than $155 million was contributed through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs.

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