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.