AT&T is providing a $10,000 contribution to the Riverland Community College Foundation to once again support its scholarship programs for students.
The AT&T contribution will support 10 fall semester scholarships at $1,000 each for Riverland Community College students who are pursuing a diploma or degree in a STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and math) career pathway and are in need of scholarship support.
“We are honored to continue this partnership with AT&T and provide scholarships to students with a high financial need pursuing STEM careers,” said Dr. Adenuga Atewologun, president of Riverland Community College. “Riverland students still face financial obstacles as they work toward their dreams of obtaining a college education. These scholarships supported by AT&T reward more hard-working students with some of the finances needed to pursue careers in high-demand and high paying STEM professions.”
With baby boomer retirements in full swing, local businesses and industry are faced with a skills gap that requires workers to obtain greater education and training to match the requirements of emerging jobs, especially in STEM-related careers. More and more, community colleges like Riverland are an important link to developing the workforce that will help grow strong local economies. Currently, in the Austin area, there are more than 400 high skill, high demand job openings, many of which are STEM based, according to Riverland.
“AT&T Minnesota is committed to helping advance the education of our young people, particularly in the critical fields of science, technology, engineering and math,” said Paul Weirtz, president of AT&T Minnesota. “We are proud to once again support Riverland’s scholarship program and help more students receive the STEM education they need to be prepared for careers in the 21st Century.”
In addition to today’s donation, AT&T also provided $13,000 donations to Riverland in both 2014 and 2015 for a total of $36,000 in scholarship support.
“In the new economy, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math jobs are essential to a sustainable, successful future in Minnesota,” said State Senator Dan Sparks. “I applaud AT&T for investing in our students and Riverland Community College. I look forward to hearing about these students’ achievements in the future. “
“STEM education is vital to the continued prosperity of not only Minnesota, but the nation,” said State Representative Jeanne Poppe. “It’s great to see leaders in business and education working together to help provide access to STEM education through scholarships for those college students who have financial barriers.”
The mission of Riverland Community College Foundation is to raise, manage and distribute resources to support, enhance and promote the educational opportunities that Riverland offers. The Foundation supports the college in a variety of ways, including raising funds to increase access for students and advance the quality of programming.