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AT&T ANNOUNCES CONTRIBUTION TO THE COLLEGE OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY IN MORRISTOWN
Funding to Support Students with Training for High-Skill, Technology-Based Jobs
MORRISTOWN, TN., Sept. 21 — As part of AT&T’s continuing commitment to supporting quality education across Tennessee, the company has donated $3,000 to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Morristown. The contribution will provide for the purchase of wireless networking equipment which will help support training for high-skill jobs requiring technology-based skills throughout Tennessee.
“We are grateful to AT&T and its continued support of public higher education and our students, who will benefit greatly from the company’s generosity,” said Jerry Young, President, Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Morristown. “This contribution from AT&T will help our technical colleges provide the critical training, on the newest technology, that students need for these jobs. Our students, their families, and our state will benefit for generations to come.”
This donation is part of AT&T’s $81,000 gift to the Tennessee Board of Regents. Funding will provide 27 TCATs up to $3,000 to purchase new wireless networking setups used to teach infrastructure design, security and planning, and to practice implementing and protecting networks and operating plans. As a result, students will have expanded opportunities to learn the skills they need for careers in information technology fields.
"Our state's colleges of applied technology are pathways to prosperity for students who want to enter the job market as soon as possible," said State Senator Steve Southerland." AT&T's commitment to education is helping our future workforce reach its full potential, with benefits for all Tennesseans."
“TCAT-Morristown does a tremendous job preparing students to enter the workforce with a strong foundation for future success,” said State Representative Tilman Goins. “Thanks to their commitment to quality education, Tennessee has a first-class workforce ready to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving 21st century economy.”
Tennessee’s information technology and technical needs are growing at an exponential rate, creating increased demand for well-trained IT personnel that are crucial to the economic development of Tennessee businesses and industries.
“Through AT&T Aspire, we are focused on developing a 21st century workforce that can promote continued prosperity and a stronger economy across Tennessee,” said AT&T Tennessee Regional Director of External and Legislative Affairs Alan Hill. “We are excited to continue our support for the TCATs to help more students gain the high-demand skills necessary to compete for quality job opportunities and to empower more students to reach their highest potential.”
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About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. The company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $400 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.