AT&T Provides Ivy Tech with Nearly $40,000 to Increase Technology Access for Low-Income Students
Grant Will Help Improve Education and Expand Welfare-to-Work Program
Kokomo, Indiana, September 25, 2007
The AT&T Foundation — the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) — has announced a $39,667 grant to Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana (ITCC) to help fund technology in a computer lab for the Indiana Manpower and Comprehensive Training (IMPACT) program. The program is an innovative welfare-to-work program, which includes job skills training in four workforce clusters: manufacturing, business, service and construction.
"Ivy Tech continually strives to provide the latest technology and positive learning environment for its varied communities," said Steve Daily, chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College — Kokomo. "We are thankful to AT&T for giving us this grant, which will offer opportunities for hundreds of low-income students and hope to those who have been entrenched in the welfare system."
The AT&T grant will provide immediate improvement in instructional technology for the IMPACT program. It will also allow Ivy Tech to expand the program to low-income Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) clients in four additional counties: Tipton, Howard, Fulton and Wabash.
"These organizations are making Indiana more competitive by leveraging advanced technology to provide students with the job skills they need to succeed," said Sen. Brandt Hershman. "This program will help open new doors for area residents."
AT&T is committed to investing in programs that enhance and enable success in education for students of all ages. The AT&T Foundation supports initiatives that help students throughout the higher education continuum: the successful completion of high school; preparation for and entrance to college; and degree completion and graduation. Additionally, the foundation supports organizations and programs that integrate technology into daily classroom instruction and administration activities, develop community and civic leadership and encourage workforce development.
"It is great to see these organizations working together to prepare area residents for new jobs" said Rep. Jim Buck. "This training program will bring hope and opportunity to our students."
"AT&T is committed to improving education through technology," said George S. Fleetwood, president, AT&T Indiana. "We look forward to watching this innovative program as it helps students succeed."
AT&T and the AT&T Foundation provided more than $21.8 million to support education initiatives across the nation in 2006. Since 1996, the AT&T Foundation has distributed more than $383 million in grants to support new classroom technology, after-school programs, teacher training and many other educational endeavors.
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