Huntsville, TN (2018-10-31) As part of AT&T’s continuing commitment to supporting quality education across Tennessee, the company donated $3,000 to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Oneida/Huntsville on Wednesday. The contribution will provide for the purchase of wireless networking equipment which will help support training for high-skill jobs requiring technology-based skills throughout Tennessee.
“This type of support from private business is important as we work to find ways to advance higher education in East Tennessee,” said Dwight Murphy, President, Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Oneida/Huntsville. “Expanding access to this sort of training gives our students the skills required to compete in today’s technology-based economy,” he added.
Wednesday’s announcement was part of AT&T’s $81,000 gift to the Tennessee Board of Regents. Funding will provide 26 TCATs up to $3,000 to purchase new wireless networking setups used to teach infrastructure design, security and planning, and to practice implementing and protecting networks and operating plans. As a result, students will have expanded opportunities to learn the skills they need for careers in information technology fields.
“We have worked hard to create a climate that is welcoming of new business which can be seen in the record growth Tennessee is experiencing,” said State Senator Ken Yager. “With this growth comes the need for a high-skill workforce and through programs like those offered at TCAT, graduates will be prepared to succeed in a modern workplace,” he added.
Tennessee’s information technology and technical needs are growing at an exponential rate, creating increased demand for well-trained IT personnel that are crucial to the economic development of Tennessee businesses and industries.
“Our colleges of applied technology are instrumental in preparing a workforce that can keep pace with Tennessee’s booming economy,” said, State Representative Kelly Keisling. “AT&T’s commitment to good corporate citizenship in education will allow Tennessee’s future workforce to reach its full potential reaping benefits for all Tennesseans.”
“Through AT&T Aspire, we are focused on developing a 21st century workforce that can promote continued prosperity and a stronger economy across Tennessee,” said AT&T Tennessee Regional Director of External and Legislative Affairs Alan Hill. “We are excited to continue our support for the TCATs to help more students gain the high-demand skills necessary to compete for quality job opportunities and to empower more students to reach their highest potential,” he concluded.