SPSUTeach receives major gift from AT&T
AT&T is lending major support to SPSUTeach, SPSU’s new education program, through a $25,000 gift to fund the purchase of high-tech equipment to help student teachers.
The gift will enable SPSU students seeking teacher certification in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics to use this equipment to develop lessons for under-achieving students.
The mission of SPSUTeach is to prepare students to teach curricula for grades 6 to 12 in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). SPSU teacher candidates earn degrees in their chosen fields along with a teaching certificate. This means SPSUTeach is increasing the number of students entering the university’s STEM programs, which ultimately will increase the number of college graduates ready to embark on STEM-related careers.
“The computers and other equipment funded by this gift will enable us to prepare strong teacher candidates with instructional skills that integrate technology into the classroom,” said SPSU President Lisa A. Rossbacher. “Graduates will be prepared to teach in Title I schools and pursue careers in high-needs schools, thereby enabling a broader spectrum of middle and high school students to gain access to the STEM pipeline.”
“I want to thank Southern Polytechnic State University for launching this program to provide a sharp focus on STEM education for our students,” said State Rep. Earl Ehrhart. “Preparing our young people for high-skill/high-wage jobs is critical for the economic health of our community and our state.”
“AT&T is proud to support Southern Polytechnic State University,” said Don Barbour, regional director of AT&T Georgia. “The importance of STEM education can’t be underestimated as we build tomorrow’s workforce.”