AT&T gifts $30,000 to Tidewater Community College Educational Foundation

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Tidewater Community College received a gift of $30,000 from AT&T in honor of Veterans Day. One third of the students enrolled at TCC are involved with the military. (Photo courtesy of Tidewater Community College)

Tidewater Community College received a gift of $30,000 from AT&T in honor of Veterans Day. One-third of the students enrolled at TCC are involved with the military. (Photo courtesy of Tidewater Community College)

The Tidewater Community College Educational Foundation was the recipient of a $30,000 gift from AT&T. The contribution one part of a $400,000 gift that went to a variety of organizations nationwide to assist active military members and veterans.

This gift will support a math refresher program to aid students studying for the Virginia Placement Test in mathematics. According to Tidewater Community College President Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani, more than 80 percent of students nationwide place in to developmental math classes, posing a problem for students joining the military. Rather than counting toward a degree, these courses exhaust their GI Bill benefits.

The contribution from AT&T is expected to improve math skills among these students, and decrease the number of individuals placed in developmental classes.

This program is a facet of the STEM Fleet-Forwad Initiative, which places veterans into careers involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The STEM initiative is spearheaded by the college’s Center for Military and Veterans Education through a grant from the Office of Naval Research.

Pohl may be reached at mariah@localvoicemedia.com

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