Jul 24, 2013 | HANOVER, MD | For media inquiries, please contact us at media@TEKsystems.com.
Hanover, Md. – July 24, 2013 – The start of a new school year is an exciting time for many, but thousands of kids each year are not afforded the chance to get the education they deserve. TEKsystems® announced today a new partnership with National Education Foundation (NEF) that will focus on helping to close the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills gap in the United States. By partnering, the two organizations can more effectively provide 21st century STEM training and education to disadvantaged K-12 students. The initiative also focuses on supporting the larger American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI) to keep the United States competitive in critical STEM-related fields.
The initiative reinforces TEKsystems’ efforts to support the communities where its employees live and work. Through its initial investment for the 2013/2014 school year, TEKsystems will be providing funding that will give students in six markets across the United States access to NEF’s training courses and Total Solution Services. The first six markets include Baltimore (Ft. Meade); Raleigh, N.C.; Chicago (Schaumburg); Dallas; Denver and Seattle, but the goal is to expand the partnership into several other markets in the future.
"We are very excited to kick off our partnership with NEF for this upcoming school year. Through our discussions with NEF, we realized this partnership was perfectly aligned with our culture and purpose – helping others achieve personal and professional success. As a company that understands the marketplace and demand for talent in these areas, we have an obligation to educate students at all levels in these critical STEM skills with the objective of developing our country’s future workforce and giving them a chance at a better life," says Faith Johnson, TEKsystems vice president of human resources.
“NEF very much looks forward to partnering with TEKsystems to provide world-class STEM education solutions to K-12 schools and students across the nation. We hope to expand this model partnership to many more schools in the coming years. The NEF-TEKsystems STEM+ academies will be implemented by the State University of New York, our university partner. Such a school-business-college partnership, facilitated by NEF and others, is exactly what President Obama proposed in his recent State of the Union message to improve the critical STEM education. Our nation, currently 25th out of 35 countries in math and science, urgently needs quality STEM education to stay competitive in the global economy. NEF is happy to lead the STEM+ initiative with TEKsystems,” states Dr. Appu Kuttan, founder and chairman of NEF.
About National Education Foundation (NEF)
National Education Foundation (NEF), founded in 1989 in the Washington, D.C. area, is the national non-profit leader in bridging the academic and job skills divides through high-quality, affordable STEM+ education solutions. NEF provides total STEM+ education solutions including 6,000 top-quality Web-based differentiated learning courses, mentoring, motivational rewards, teacher stipends and teacher training to disadvantaged school districts across the nation.
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