(From left) George Fleetwood, president of AT&T Indiana; Mark Richter, vice president of Institutional Advancement at Indiana Tech; and Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry hold a large check representing a $15,000 contribution from AT&T to Indiana Tech for the Career Readiness Program.
February 8, 2013
Local initiatives are dedicated to preparing students for success in the workforce
Fort Wayne, Ind.– AT&T today announced that Indiana Tech and the Fort Wayne Urban League are recipients of contributions from AT&T to support their programs helping students gain the skills they need to be successful in college and the workforce. Indiana Tech will receive $15,000 for its Career Readiness Program and the Fort Wayne Urban League will receive $10,000 for its Standard-Based Academic Assistance (SAA) and National Achievers Society (NULITES) projects.
“The contributions these two organizations have made to our city and to the development of our impressive workforce continue to be critical to our growth as a city,” said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. “We appreciate the work they do and are excited to see the positive results that will be produced through these programs in the near future.”
Indiana Tech is a private, career-focused university with a main campus in Fort Wayne and satellite campuses throughout Indiana and in Kentucky. Their Career Readiness Program will assist college seniors and new graduates in the development of core competencies of workforce readiness skills and leadership knowledge, which will be demonstrated to employers via certification. In addition, the Career Center will seek partnerships with the Northeast Indiana Human Resources Association (NIHRA) Workforce Readiness Committee to disseminate information and coach students in skills development. Through interactive seminars and workshops, students will gain knowledge of and practice skills they will need throughout their careers.
“We admire the leadership of Mayor Henry and his efforts to build a strong workforce to attract investment and jobs to northeast Indiana,” said Indiana Tech Vice President for Institutional Advancement Mark Richter. “The direct connection between education and future career success is critical, and we believe this additional training will position them well to compete in a global economy.”
(From left) George Fleetwood, president of AT&T Indiana; Jonathan Ray, Fort Wayne Urban League President/CEO; and Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry hold a symbolic check from AT&T to the Urban League.
The Fort Wayne Urban League has worked for more than 90 years to enable urban residents and others to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. The primary goal of the SAA project is to ensure that low income urban children and other children are well-educated, competent and prepared to make career decisions when the opportunity is presented. The NULITES project is focused on providing intensive, ongoing support services to members of the National Achievers Society (urban students and others in grades 6-12 with a GPA of 2.7 or above) and their parents, to enable these students to graduate from high school with C averages or above and attend college/post-secondary education.
“We’re committed to ensuring that students of all ages and backgrounds receive the training and education they need to be successful in school and in their future careers,” said Fort Wayne Urban League President/CEO Jonathan Ray. “We appreciate the partnership of Mayor Henry and the support of AT&T and other members of the business community as we continue our work to help train the caretakers of our future.”
“AT&T is committed to the communities we serve,” said AT&T Indiana President George S. Fleetwood. “Contributing to the success of the future leaders of our world is the best investment any company can make.”
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