Howard University Has Partnered With Verizon To Offer STEM Opportunities To Black Youth
Howard University has partnered with Verizon Wireless to ensure diversity in the future in the science, mathematics, engineering and technology (STEM) field. According to the Howard Newsroom, the HBCU is apart of Verizon’s STEM Education Initiative for Black Youth that is geared towards black and Latino male middle schoolers.
The tuition-free, three week program offers courses in augmented reality, social entrepreneurship, robotics and 3D printing. From June 25th to July 13th, The young men will also be mentored by college students who are studying to be in the STEM field.
“Looking at the research, we’ve found that there will be one million jobs in tech that will be unfilled in the future based on current rates,” said Kmt Shockley, director of the Verizon program at Howard University and associate professor in the School of Education in a statement. “As the demographics of the country continues to change, we have to make sure that young African-American and Latinos are prepared to take these jobs.”
Howard joins 24 other HBCUs who are already apart of this initiative, which was established in 2015.
If you are in the Washington, DC area and interested in this program, click here.