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Verizon Innovative Learning Program for Girls in Tech Camp

Posted on: June 09, 2017

Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC) in partnership with Verizon is excited to be hosting the “Verizon Innovative Learning Program for Girls in Tech” summer day camp.

La-Tonia Middleton, a key leader on the Verizon Foundation, with WITCC staff will be kicking off this event and welcoming camp participants to this exciting program Monday, June 12 at 9 a.m. in the Cargill Auditorium at WITCC’s Sioux City campus.

This camp is a tuition free STEM program for 50 middle school girls that runs June 12–30 at WITCC. Camp participants will attend hands-on classes for coding, design thinking, social entrepreneurship, storytelling, augmented reality and more. Classes are Monday-Friday during summer camp and one Saturday a month throughout the year. Each participant will also receive an iPad to keep and free internet access for a year. There is no cost to the student or their families and includes daily lunch and transportation.

This camp is part of Verizon’s Innovative Learning program and their #weneedmore campaign. We need more young girls involved in science, technology, engineering and math for their benefit and because the world needs them — their brains, their creativity and their experiences — to create amazing solutions that will make our world a better place.

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) applied to participate in the Verizon Innovative Learning program, whereby the NACCE approached WITCC to host this partnership program with Verizon. WITCC is one of only five colleges in the country offering this camp and was chosen for being a cutting-edge community college that can provide the advanced technology, academic support and resources needed for these young girls to strive during camp.

For more program information contact Christina Brandon at christina.brandon@witcc.edu or call 712-274-8733, ext. 3227.

 

About Verizon Innovative Learning

Verizon Innovative Learning, the Foundation’s education initiative, puts technology in students’ hands and gives them experience solving real world problems. Its programs teach students to think like entrepreneurs and help them develop the skills needed for success in jobs of the future. The foundation’s mission is to inspire tomorrow’s creators, who will create better futures for themselves, for their communities and for the world.

Through its signature programs, Verizon Innovative Learning develops measurable STEM education programs from the ground-up, working in partnership with leading educational nonprofits. These programs currently provide more than 220,000 students, especially minorities and the underserved, with the resources, role models, and confidence they need to realize their full potential. 

In 2017, Verizon Foundation created a new program focused on providing STEM and entrepreneurial skills to middle school girls in rural areas. Participants will be taught skills such as design thinking, entrepreneurship and 3D design and printing, and will develop digital media products with virtual and/or augmented reality.

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