AT&T Supports Columbus State University UTeach Program
$100,000 contribution to improve STEM education
Columbus, Ga — Today, Columbus State University President Tim S. Mescon announced a $100,000 contribution from AT&T* to support the UTeach program and STEM Honors Camp at Columbus State University. This contribution builds on AT&T’s previous $25,000 contribution to support UTeach Columbus in 2012.
The mission of UTeach Columbus is to recruit and prepare highly qualified mathematics and science teachers who demonstrate excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teaching, scholarship, and professionalism. Ultimately, the result of efforts to achieve excellence will be improved student learning in P-12 math and science classrooms. Columbus State University partners with schools in Muscogee County, Harris County and Fort Benning.
“Preparing more math and science teachers to educate young people in our area is critically important for these young people, our community and the economy of our state,” Tim Mescon, president of Columbus State University, said. “A solid STEM foundation prepares these kids for college and career success and we can’t thank AT&T enough for their continued support of UTeach.”
UTeach is an innovative and successful university-based secondary STEM teacher preparation program started at The University of Texas at Austin in 1997. UTeach has been recognized as a model for STEM teacher preparation reform by prominent organizations, including the National Research Council, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. UTeach was featured as a model program in a 2006 report by the National Academies, Rising Above the Gathering Storm, which called for a dramatic increase in the number of STEM teachers.
The STEM Honors Camp is a residential camp hosted at Columbus State University the first two weeks in June to encourage interest in STEM-related careers. Over 600 high schools from across Georgia are invited to nominate their best rising juniors and seniors for participation in the program. Participants of the camp live in Columbus State University dorms while engaging in hands-on STEM workshops, touring STEM-related industries, learning about college life, and working on small group research projects.
“Young people in Georgia today are growing up in wireless and Internet world where the demands of the job market are different,” said State Representative Richard Smith. “Science and math are hard skills they must have to succeed in life and I am proud of Columbus State and AT&T for supporting this important program.”
Columbus State University’s UTeach program aligns with AT&T’s Aspire initiative – one of the nation’s largest corporate commitments focused on helping more students graduate from high school ready for college and careers –and is a reflection of AT&T’s continued efforts to improve local communities.
“AT&T is investing and creating jobs in Georgia to deliver the wireless and broadband services that consumers and businesses are demanding,” said Terry Smith, AT&T regional director. “We thank Governor Deal, Representative Smith, and the other members of the General Assembly who have responded to this consumer demand and worked to modernize our laws and regulations to incent companies like AT&T to invest in our state, create jobs and contribute to worthy endeavors like this.”
Pausing after AT&T's presentation of $100,000 to Columbus State on Thursday are, from left, Jim Blanchard, a CSU trustee and local AT&T board member; CSU President Tim Mescon; and Terry Smith, regional manager of AT&T.