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AT&T Re-Launches Aspire Program with $250 Million Commitment to Preparing Students for Careers and College

by Todd Haselton | March 18, 2012

AT&T Aspire

AT&T announced on Monday that it is relaunching its Aspire program, which aims to help students graduate high school and find careers or get into college. The company is providing a $250 million financial commitment over 5 years and the program will be discussed in further detail by AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson during his keynote at the “Building a Grad Nation Summit” today.

“AT&T Aspire works toward an America where every student graduates high school equipped with the knowledge and skills to strengthen the nation’s workforce,” AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said.

AT&T says it is planning to take a “socially innovative” approach to the Aspire program and that it will use resources from the AT&T Foundry developer program, including innovation centers in Texas, California and Israel. The Mentoring Academy aspect of Aspire will pair students with AT&T employees who will help them with career path development and “skill-based mentoring.” Employees and students will also interact together on teams in an effort to help students learn work/life skills by “exploring real business problems.”

“The new and expanded AT&T commitment builds on the work AT&T Aspire has completed in the last four years,” AT&T said in a statement.  AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have invested more than $100 million in Aspire since 2008 – and more than $923 million in education since 1984. AT&T and the AT&T Foundation’s total community giving amounted to $2.2 billion from 1984 to 2011.”


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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...


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