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Ozone Park school gets high-tech grant

$5K will go toward in-class materials

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Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:16 am, Thu Jan 31, 2013.

An Ozone Park high school received a donation from AT&T that will go toward funding high-tech education opportunities toward minority students.

The High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture was one of 10 schools nationwide — and the only one in the entire Northeast — to receive the $5,000 grant sponsored by AT&T and The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. The grant is awarded to schools that excel in learning opportunities for minority students in science, technology, engineering, and math. Known collectively as STEM, the subjects are ones in which American students must excel to compete on the modern global stage, many academics agree.

“There is an increasing demand among employers for workers with high tech skills and AT&T is committed to helping to foster these skills in students such as those attending Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture School,” saidMarissa Shorenstein, president of AT&T New York. “By supporting STEM education programs, we can ensure that as many students as possible have access to the skills they need to succeed in college and in the global economy.”

The money, which comes from the Telecom grants $350 million education fund, called AT&T Aspire, will go toward classroom materials and equipment that will help students learn high-tech skills.

Each school received $5,000. AT&T Aspire has provided NACME with $150,000 in funding. Another $100,000 remains to be given out.

Students at the recipent schools will also be eligible for arange of resources available through NACME, including scholarships and financial aid for college courses.

The High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture, located at 94-06 104 St. in Ozone Park, opened in 2006. The school had 944 students as of September, of which 75 percent are of Hispanic, black or Asian-American descent.

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