We all have a stake in ensuring our school systems, educators and students are prepared with the hard and soft skills necessary to fill 21st century jobs. STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education gives students the opportunity to experience principles of science and technology to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. These skills translate into successful careers. Technology companies like CenturyLink are building their pipeline of future employees, and a highly trained workforce benefits the communities where we live, work, grow and support one another.
In addition to our Teachers and Technology grant program for STEM projects that has awarded more than $6 million in technology grants to classrooms across the country since 2008, we recently partnered with IBM and the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) to host a training workshop for sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade teachers from the Monroe City, Ouachita Parish and private school systems.
The following are the details of the CIC program:
- Serving as an anchor of Louisiana’s Cyber Corridor, the CIC and its National Cyber Research Park in Bossier City, Louisiana, provide a physical location for government, industry, and academia to collaborate, conduct leading research, and develop state-of-the-art technologies.
- CIC’s professional development workshops are designed to empower teachers with hands-on training, as well as STEM and cyber resources, so they can then transform the classroom into a 21st century learning environment. This philosophy enables teachers to connect STEM and cyber concepts in the classrooms to potential technology-focused career paths in the future.
- Upon completion of the CIC’s professional development workshops, teachers obtain access to teacher manuals, student manuals and other curriculum materials to enrich the learning experience in the classroom. The CIC curriculum has been implemented in schools in all 50 states across the country and many parishes in Louisiana.
Full-time and PreK-12 teachers in public, private and/or charter schools located in CenturyLink’s local service area should visit www.centurylink.com/teachersandtechnology by Jan. 12, 2017, to apply for a CenturyLink Teachers and Technology grant to innovatively introduce technology in the classroom and increase student achievement.