AT&T exec highlights college and career-prep program at The University of Scranton

Joseph Divis, AT&T, and Meg Hambrose from The University of Scranton

Around 60 high schoolers from throughout the Scranton area spent a chilly Saturday morning learning about the kinds of skills and experiences that are necessary to work for a company like AT&T.

They’re part of The University of Scranton’s University of Success program, a pre-college program designed to provide academic, social, and cultural enrichment to high school students. The ultimate goal of this program is to assist participating students to successfully complete high school and gain entrance into a college or university. The University of Success helps students achieve this goal through a variety of activities and services from their current grade until they graduate from high school.

Joseph Divis, assistant vice president for External Affairs at AT&T, on Saturday, March 4, met with students and discussed with them the kinds of skills and experience that a company like AT&T looks for in new employees. He also announced a recent $10,000 contribution from the company to support the program.

“We’ve been involved with University of Success for around 4 years, so many of the students we first met are now pursuing their college degrees. While much has changed in just four years, one thing is constant: the importance of staying in school and preparing for postsecondary studies. Companies like ours need a pipeline of future employees to help us serve our customers and compete in a fast-moving world, which is why we’re excited to support programs like The University of Success,” Divis said.

Andrea Mantione, MSN, CRNP, representative from the University of Success added: “Without our community partners like AT&T, we could not continue to offer this innovative program to promising high school students from Northeastern Pennsylvania. We are grateful for AT&T’s support, which demonstrates their commitment to higher education and to the future of our community.”

Divis also was joined at the event by Margaret Loughney from the University.

The majority of the students in the program attend the Scranton School District. Other districts represented at the event include Mt. View; Old Forge; Delaware Valley; Carbondale; Western Wayne; East Stroudsburg; Abington Heights; Valley View; Wyoming Valley West; North Pocono; Tunkhannock; Mid Valley; Lakeland; Wallenpaupack; Dunmore; Wilkes-Barre; and Riverside.

Since 2013, AT&T has contributed $65,000 to support this initiative.

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