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NIACC & NACCE Partner with Verizon Innovative Learning to Bring Hands-on Workshops in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to Young Girls

SPRINGFIELD, MA - - July 12, 2017 - - The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, and Verizon have announced a new program focusing on providing science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and entrepreneurial skills for middle school girls in rural areas throughout the country.

Verizon Innovative Learning, the education initiative of the Verizon Foundation, brings free technology, access, and immersive, hands-on learning experiences to kids in need. The program is designed to address the need for more girls, especially in rural America, to be prepared for STEM careers of the future. Through a three-week summer learning experience to be held at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, 50 local middle school girls will be exposed to the fundamentals of coding, 3D design, entrepreneurship and augmented reality. They will have the opportunity to develop digital media products with virtual and/or augmented reality, and return to the college monthly throughout the school year for continued learning. The pilot program is being implemented in partnership with NACCE and five of its member community colleges.

Why Now

Women continue to be underrepresented in STEM careers, where a staggering 86 percent of engineers and 74 percent of computer professionals are men. The percentage of women in STEM careers has not improved since 2001, specifically within the engineering (12 percent) and computing (26 percent) workforces.12

“Verizon Innovative Learning is committed to inspiring and engaging young girls to pursue STEM studies and careers,” said NACCE President and CEO Rebecca Corbin, Ed.D. “Through these summer camps, students will be exposed to new technology and experience first-hand how digital media and technology impact the world around them. Mentors will guide them through the process of using mobile technologies to create and deliver innovative solutions to social issues.”

NACCE has created the curriculum and provided the teacher training for program instructors. It has also secured five rural community college sites to host the summer initiative. Each of the colleges receives a sub-grant of $75,000 for its participation in the pilot program as well as software licensing, data plans, and mobile devices, including iPads. The five colleges include: Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, IA; North Iowa Area Community College, Mason City, IA; Paul D Camp Community College, Franklin, VA; Patrick Henry Community College, Martinsville, VA; and Roane State Community College, Harriman, TN.

About the Verizon Foundation

Verizon Innovative Learning is an initiative of the Verizon Foundation to bring free technology and access to hands-on, immersive learning experiences to youth in need to prepare them to thrive in a digital economy. With a commitment of $160 million, Verizon is impacting 300,000 students and 7,400 teachers nationwide. This year, Verizon launched #weneedmore, an effort to bring more attention to the critical need for more young people to discover the possibilities in STEM fields. Visit


NACCE is an organization of educators, administrators, presidents and entrepreneurs focused on inciting entrepreneurship in their community and on their campus. NACCE has two main goals: to empower the college to approach the business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset and to grow the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem. NACCE has over 330 member colleges, representing nearly 2,000 members and approximately 3.3 million students.

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