Howard University Joins Verizon Innovative Learning Program to Offer STEM and Technology Courses to Local Minority Male Students in Middle School

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WASHINGTON, D.C., (May 31, 2018) – Today, Howard University joins a program under Verizon Innovative Learning, the education initiative of the Verizon Foundation, to offer minority males from middle schools across Washington, D.C., summer intensive courses in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program will begin on June 25 at Howard University and will feature students from Howard University Middle School of Mathematics & Science and Kramer Middle School in Southeast Washington, D.C.

“Looking at the research, we’ve found that there will be one million jobs in tech that will be unfilled in the future based on current rates,” says Kmt Shockley, director of the Verizon program at Howard University and associate professor in the School of Education. “As the demographics of the country continues to change, we have to make sure that young African-American and Latinos are prepared to take these jobs.”

Launched in 2015, the Verizon Innovative Learning program works with Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions to prepare minority male students in middle school for the tech careers of the future.  Students participating in the program are invited to participating university and college campuses for summer courses that provide entrepreneurship training, hands-on learning experiences in next-gen technologies like robotics, augmented reality, and 3D printing, and access to college-aged mentors.  Following the summer courses, students are invited back to the universities, monthly, for continued STEM education courses and mentoring.  Results from the 2016-2017 school year show that 91 percent of student participants demonstrated and increased ability in science and 90 percent had an increased ability in math.

Over 1,400 students have participated in the Verizon Innovative Learning program to date. Howard University joins 24 HBCUs and HSIs nationwide in this important initiative.

“Howard University welcomes the opportunity to join the Verizon Foundation and Verizon Innovative Learning in a project to boost STEM participation by male minority students,” says Provost and Chief Academic Officer Anthony Wutoh, Ph.D. "The partnership exemplifies our dedication to collaborate with institutions that share our core values of excellence, leadership, truth and service.”

Verizon Innovative Learning gives free technology, free access and innovative curricula to under-resourced students impacted b the digital divide to help them realize a brighter future. To date, Verizon has invested $200 million in this initiative and has reached more than one million students.

There are still available slots for this free program. To register, please contact Dr. Kmt Shockley at VerizonHU@Howard.edu. To register, visit https://goo.gl/V9mJcp. Learn more at www.VerizonInnovativeLearning.com .

About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced four Rhodes Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, two Marshall Scholars, one Schwarzman Scholar, over 70 Fulbright Scholars and 22 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu

About Verizon Innovative Learning

Verizon Innovative Learning, the education initiative of the Verizon Foundation, brings technology and hands-on learning opportunities to middle and high school students in underserved schools and communities. We not only fund the programs, but we also create and administer them in partnership with leading nonprofits. We diligently measure the impact of our work and refine our programs to ensure we’re making a difference. We’ve reached more than 1 million students so far – and we’re just getting started. For more information about Verizon’s philanthropic work, visit www.verizon.com/about/responsibility; or for regular updates, visit Facebook (www.facebook.com/verizonfoundation) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/VZFoundation).