Jo Anna Welch, Crestview High School Cosmetology Instructor; Dexter Day, Crestview High School Principal; Ray Walker AT&T Regional Director; Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson, Okaloosa County School District

Cosmetology Students Benefit from AT&T Statewide STEM Investment

Students in the Cosmetology programs at Crestview High School and CHOICE High School and Technical Center are benefitting from a statewide investment by AT&T this year, one that seeks to increase understanding of how classroom curriculum translates into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers.   In partnership with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, grants were awarded to the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation for implementation in Career and Technical Education Cosmetology classrooms emphasizing the real-world application of STEM concepts.         

“We know that industries engaged in STEM disciplines will create a majority of high-value, high-wage jobs and within ten years, almost nine out of ten new jobs will require education beyond a high school degree,” said Joe York, AT&T Florida President. “We are pleased to make this contribution because Florida’s K-12 education foundations are well positioned to be the link between schools and local businesses for students, enabling them to build connections with potential employers in their communities, get a sense of what careers they offer and the skill sets they require.”

In accepting the grants on behalf of the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation, Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson expressed appreciation for the continued support of the students and staff of the Okaloosa County School District from AT&T.  “Our partnership with AT&T demonstrates the strength of collaborative efforts to make the link between learning and living.  Students gain an understanding of our business partner’s commitment to education, and teachers’ instructional goals are advanced through that support.”

Pictured, from left to right: Jo Anna Welch, Crestview High School Cosmetology Instructor; Dexter Day, Crestview High School Principal; Ray Walker AT&T Regional Director; Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson, Okaloosa County School District

About AT&T

AT&T, Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.  It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T │DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. 

About Philanthropy at AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives, AT&T has a long history of supporting projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In 2010, more than $148.2 million was contributed through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs.

About the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF)

The CFEF is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations. Established in 1987, the CFEF seeks to advance student achievement in Florida by increasing private sector investment and involvement in public education.  The CFEF now has 64 member foundations with 1,100 business and community leaders serving as volunteer board members.  Collectively, they raise more than $63 million annually to support students, teachers and schools through a variety of programs. The CFEF has provided more than $44 million to local education foundations since 2001 through various private- and public-sector partnerships, including the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.

About the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation (OPSF)

The OPSF is a not-for-profit community-based public schools foundation.  It is a partnership between families, schools, community and business.  The Foundation is dedicated to supporting and extending the educational opportunities of all individuals within Okaloosa County.  Since its establishment in 1995, OPSF has funded educational enrichment programs including teacher grants for unique programs, student scholars in the Take Stock in Children Program, community educational initiatives, and student and teacher recognition awards. For more information about Take Stock in Children and the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation, visit www.OkaloosaSchools.com/OPSF.