EVANSVILLE, Ind., Dec. 6, 2016 – AT&T* Indiana today announced that it has made a $10,000 AT&T Aspire contribution to the Vincennes University Adult Basic Education Program. AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire drives innovation in education – through technology, social innovation and relationships – to ensure all students have the skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.
With its AT&T Aspire contribution, the university will help qualified students in the Evansville area pay for a portion of the $90 high-school equivalency (HSE – formerly known as GED) test fee, which can be a barrier to test registration. The funding will provide the opportunity for more no- and low-income students to register and take the HSE test. The mission of the Vincennes University Adult Basic Education program is to assist adult learners in improving their basic academic skills, completing their secondary education, and transitioning into post-secondary education and/or training and substantive employment.
“Our goal is to help students get the education they need to move on to the next step in their lives. However, one of the largest barriers they face is testing fees,” said Vincennes University Adult Basic Education Instructor Lauren Bell. “It often takes great effort for a student to return to school, both mentally and physically. They begin with great enthusiasm, but when this financial barrier arises, they are ready to quickly drop their plans to finish their education. “AT&T’s support means they will not become discouraged and will instead finish earning their diploma and move on to college, enter the military or the workforce,” Bell added. “Thank you to AT&T Aspire for seeing the value in what we do.”
“It’s tremendous that AT&T Aspire is supporting this Vincennes program, as it directly improves educational outcomes and career readiness in our area,” said Evansville City Council Member Anna Hargis. “Even better – their funding will specifically address a challenge that can cause students to give up on completing education critical to a lifetime of success.” Through the AT&T Aspire initiative, the company has already passed the $250 million mark in its plan to invest $350 million in education between 2008 and 2017.
“Education is the best investment we can make to ensure our new hires start day one with the skills they need,” said AT&T Indiana President Bill Soards, who visited Evansville today to celebrate the contribution. “Through AT&T Aspire, we are promoting student success in school and beyond. It’s one more way we are using the power of our network to build a better tomorrow.”
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