AT&T Celebrates NJ Students Graduating from Rowan’s Summer STEAM Academy

Program Prepares Middle and High Students for College, Careers

Seventy middle- and high-school students on July 28 celebrated the completion of Rowan University’s Summer STEAM Academy, a three-week, academic program that helped prepare area students for careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

STEAM, which included students in ninth through 12th grades, combines academic excellence with engaging extracurricular activities, as well was supportive guidance and supervision. The program has both day and residential components. Students who successfully completed the program earned three Rowan credits.

Joseph Divis, an AT&T assistant vice president for External Affairs, joined Rowan President Ali Houshmand, faculty, students and their families for the celebration. AT&T contributed $25,000 to support the STEAM Academy this year.

“We’ve been working with Rowan University for the past several years to support summer programs that help prepare the next generation of tech and business leaders in Southern New Jersey,” Divis said. “I applaud the young people who completed this summer program. They made an important choice to spend some of their summer in a classroom learning the skills that companies like AT&T look for in new employees. Congratulations on completing the program – and good luck in your future pursuits.”

Divis said this contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative to drive student success in school and beyond.

Support from AT&T was critical to the program’s success, Houshmand noted.

“The path to college and career success begins well before students enter Rowan University,” Houshmand said. “Through the STEAM Academy, area high school students have gained early exposure to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, which are some of the fastest growing, in-demand fields in the nation. We’re proud of this program and grateful for the support of AT&T as we work together to educate the next generation of science, technology and arts leaders.”

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