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February 01, 2019

AT&T, NPower Team Up to Offer Tech Training for Veterans and Young Adults in Jersey City

Posted by AT&T New Jersey Team

NPower

NPower is a nonprofit work training program that offers veterans and young adults from underserved communities the skills and coaching needed to jumpstart a career in technology.

AT&T contributed $65,000 to NPower to support another group of students in New Jersey this year.

In addition to technical training and preparation to earn in-demand industry certifications, NPower provides individual support in areas such as social services, professional networking and mentorship, job-placement assistance, and transit assistance. The program includes no-cost instruction and credentials.   In less than 6 months, students can learn the skills required to launch a career. 

New Jersey State Assembly Majority Whip Raj Mukherji, a Marine Corps veteran and technology entrepreneur, said when organizations like NPower and companies like AT&T work together, veterans win.

"Our veterans can bring many skills to civilian jobs – teamwork, leadership, discipline, and so much more.  Programs like NPower build on veterans’ unique skills and experiences with new technology skills they need to excel in new high-tech careers.  When organizations like NPower and companies like AT&T work together, our veterans – and the companies that hire them - win.”

“NPower has been helping military veterans and young adults since 2013, providing them with the critical tech skills needed to launch their own careers,” said Bea Tassot, Executive Director of NPower New Jersey. “We are thrilled with AT&T’s support and commitment to helping NPower close the technology skills gap that is already transforming lives in New Jersey.”

Althea Yancy, AT&T’s director of External Affairs in New Jersey, said the support is part of AT&T’s commitment to helping veterans transition to the civilian workforce.

“Over the years, we’ve put great emphasis on supporting our military veterans and their families, in part by increasing our outreach activities, supporting training programs, and showcasing career opportunities,” Yancy said.  “By working with groups like NPower, we can enable those who served our country prepare for success in new tech careers.”

Including today’s announcement, AT&T has contributed $95,000 to NPower to support programs in Jersey City since 2017.

NPower New Jersey training programs focus on technology education and professional skills development to prepare students to begin careers in the field of information technology in as little as 23 weeks. More than 80 percent of NPower graduates are employed full-time or enrolled in higher education within one year of completing the program. Students also have an opportunity to earn IT Generalist Apprenticeship credentials from the U.S. Department of Labor.

During the special event, which was held at AT&T’s store in Newport Centre in Jersey City, company officials also highlighted a new, first-of-its-kind online safety pilot program that was launched in the greater New York City area after a new study found children and teens are spending more time than ever online and on their mobile devices – and engaging in risky behaviors without their parents’ knowledge. This program called ScreenReady?, is an extension of AT&T Believes?, a larger company-wide initiative that aims to create positive change in local communities.

AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. We have a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement, and address community needs. Our AT&T Aspire initiative uses innovation in education to drive student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $450 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.


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December 14, 2018

Marc Blakeman is AT&T’s New Mid-Atlantic President

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Marc Blakeman is the new president of AT&T’s Mid-Atlantic region.

In this role, Blakeman is responsible for developing the overall strategic direction for AT&T's legislative, regulatory, public policy and philanthropic initiatives in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, DC.  He replaces J. Michael Schweder who retired in November 2018 after 35 years with the company.

Blakeman will report to Marissa Shorenstein, who was recently appointed president of AT&T’s newly created Northern Region. Marissa will continue to oversee the company’s external affairs for all states from Maine to Virginia, including Washington, DC — adding new responsibility for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

“Marc’s prior leadership experience in Illinois and California — combined with his deep commitment to the communities where he has lived and worked — have prepared him well for his new role in an important geography for our company.  I am pleased to have him join the team in the Northern Region and look forward to his leadership in the Mid-Atlantic states as we welcome a new era of innovation and technology to deliver the best service for our customers,” said Marissa Shorenstein, President – AT&T Northern Region.  

From December 2014 until his appointment, Blakeman was Vice President – External Affairs for AT&T California where he unified planning and strategic leadership across the five External Affairs regions in California to ensure a statewide approach to how AT&T manages relationships with external clients and stakeholders, including elected officials and community and civic leaders.

His previous roles at AT&T include serving as regional vice president of External Affairs for AT&T California’s San Francisco/Silicon Valley/Central Coast region. He joined AT&T’s predecessor, Ameritech, in 1997 after serving as Director of Chicago Operations for the Lieutenant Governor of Illinois. 

“From the Appalachians to the Atlantic — and from Norfolk, VA, to Newark, NJ — the Mid-Atlantic is a diverse region where AT&T’s roots run deep.  For more than a century, we’ve worked with government, business and civic leaders and organizations across the region to connect their communities to each other and their world. We have a lot to accomplish in a fast-changing world, and I look forward to building on our legacy of innovation and collaboration for years to come,” Blakeman said.

While in San Francisco, Marc served on the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations including GenesysWorks Bay Area, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Meals on Wheels of San Francisco, Equality California (EQCA), and San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation (SF CITI). 

A graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. in political science, Marc also received his certification in corporate community relations from the John Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College.  A native of downstate Illinois, Marc now resides in Washington, DC.


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October 16, 2018

Salem County Job-Readiness Program Gets Support from AT&T

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Project helps teens prepare for careers

AT&T NJ Job Readiness Donation

MASCEC announced a recent contribution from AT&T as part of AT&T Aspire. Pictured here: First Row, left to right – Lani Allen-Green, Glen Donelson, Charlene Brown, Althea Yancy, Freeholder Director Melissa DeCastro, Cameron Smith, Walt Donelson; Second Row, left to right –  Benjamin Wood, Freeholder Laury, Salem City Mayor John Washington, Salem County Prosecutor John Lenahan.

Salem County youth between 16 and 18 years old who have dropped out of school or are at risk of dropping out will be able to take advantage of a job-readiness program that offers career exploration activities as a result of a contribution from AT&T.

Charlene Brown, regional vice president for AT&T in New Jersey, joined local officials, students and staff to announce the $15,657 contribution to Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center (MASCEC), which offers job readiness programs and career exploration programs to teens.  The contribution is part of AT&T Aspire.

The MASCEC started the program in Salem County because of the community’s high poverty rate, high rate of unemployment, and high school dropout rate, according to H. Glen Donelson, CEO and President, MASCEC.  The program, which will provide interview skills development, job placement assistance, and mentoring, will be offered to 15 teens 2 days per week at the MASCEC training facility in Pennsville.

“This program will support young people who are struggling through academic and career preparation and will have a significant impact upon their lives and all who live in the Salem Community,” added Ben Wood, senior vice president, Planning Development at MASCEC.

State officials representing the district said the contribution will help MASCEC serve vulnerable youth.

“We are extremely grateful that AT&T has seen the value in this program and chose to contribute more than $15,000 to help make it even more successful,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney, Deputy Assembly Speaker John Burzichelli, and Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro.  “Offering career development opportunities to our most vulnerable youth is critical to ensuring they do not slip through the cracks. AT&T’s investment underscores the dual benefits of this program which is not only a great resource to the young adults it serves, but also the companies it matches those individuals with.” 

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“The success of our students is vital to our progress towards becoming an elite and prestigious school district. It’s great to partner with an organization that can provide extended services into adulthood to ensure our student's success,” said Cameron Smith, a family resource counselor at Salem High School and former student in the program.

“AT&T supports programs that prepare young people for college and careers, Brown said.  “Our support of this program aligns with that goal.    We want to do what we can to help organizations like MASCEC and the leaders in this community prepare young people for success.”

“It’s always appreciated when a community organization such as Mid-Atlantic steps in to help students and/or former students overcome their individual circumstances so they can complete and/or further their education. These efforts remind me of the quote from Nelson Mandela ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,’” said Patrick Michel, Ed. D., Superintendent, Salem City School District.

Learn more about the program at https://wegrowpeople.org/.

AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. The company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $450 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.


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October 12, 2018

EMS Council of New Jersey receives AT&T contribution to support cadet scholarships

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AT&T has contributed $7,000 to support the EMS Council of New Jersey’s (EMSCNJ) cadet scholarship program.

EMS Council Check Presentation

EMS Council of New Jersey (EMSCNJ) representatives accept a $7,000 contribution from AT&T Regional Director Althea Yancy (right) in support of the EMSCNJ’s Cadet Scholarship Program. (L-R) Program Chair Mary Claire Shiber, PhD, President Joseph G. Walsh, Jr. and Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance Squad cadets Cindy Lam and Abigail Wilson accept the check during the EMSCNJ’s annual Education Symposium and Trade Show in Parsippany, NJ. The 89-year-old nonprofit EMSCNJ represents 20,000 volunteers affiliated with 250+ EMS agencies throughout the Garden State.

The 89-year-old nonprofit New Jersey State First Aid Council, now doing business as the EMSCNJ, represents 20,000 EMS volunteers affiliated with 250+ EMS agencies throughout the Garden State.

Today Althea Yancy, Regional Director, AT&T, presented EMSCNJ President Joseph G. Walsh, Jr. with a check, which will be used to expand the organization’s cadet scholarship program.

“We distribute scholarships twice a year, as our budget allows,” Walsh said. “We always receive many more applications than we can fund, so unfortunately, we can’t accommodate every deserving cadet.”

So far this year, the EMSCNJ has awarded eight $1,000 cadet scholarships to high school seniors who were active volunteers on their Council-affiliated squads and planned to attend college this Fall.  Fifty-one cadets applied. A selection committee at Raritan Valley Community College reviewed the applications and selected the recipients.

“AT&T’s generosity will enable us to assist more of our worthy cadets who otherwise might be turned down for scholarships, simply because we don’t have the funds.” —EMSCNJ President Joseph G. Walsh, Jr.

The EMSCNJ also awarded six $1,000 Gail Lawrence Memorial Scholarships to graduate students pursuing medical-related careers and who also are active squad participants. 

More scholarships will be awarded during the EMSCNJ’s annual conference this weekend in Parsippany.

“AT&T’s generosity will enable us to assist more of our worthy cadets who otherwise might be turned down for scholarships, simply because we don’t have the funds,” Walsh said. “This is an investment not only in the future of volunteer EMS, but also our communities.”

EMS Council of New Jersey

The EMSCNJ also supports the annual cadet competition in Keyport, which drew approximately 150 New Jersey and New York cadets in June, and arranges for cadets to attend a free, full day of the October conference each year.

Yancy said the contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature philanthropic initiative that helps provide access to the education and training people need to get and keep good jobs.

“AT&T is committed to assisting New Jersey’s youth in exploring their talents, skills and strengths, which we hope will help guide them as they make career choices," said Yancy.  “We’re proud to support the EMS Council of New Jersey’s cadet scholarship program in its mission to encourage and support volunteerism and academic achievement, particularly among young members.” 


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September 10, 2018

Boys & Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic Boosts Teens’ STEM Skills with Support from AT&T

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The Boys & Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic’s Teen/STEM Experience provides  local teens with a comprehensive program centered on a positive science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM-centric learning environment where they are engaged in learning, planning and executing their educational and career goals.

This year, AT&T contributed $25,000 to the Club as part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature philanthropic initiative that helps promote student success in school and beyond.

“At the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic, our young people can make new friends, learn new skills and prepare for the next chapters in their lives.  The Club’s Teen/STEM Experience is a great way for them to learn more about the opportunities in STEM careers in our state and gain the skills they need to excel in whatever they choose to do,” said Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter.

“New Jersey is home to companies like ours that are world leaders in innovation, and we need employees who have strong STEM skills to help us serve our customers today and in the future.   Our support of the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic will help inspire more teens to consider careers in STEM and equip these talented young men and women to be the next generation of STEM leaders,” said Charlene Brown, regional vice president for AT&T in New Jersey.

Over the past 3 years, AT&T has contributed $80,000 to the Club.

“We are very fortunate to team up with AT&T to support our Club Teens as they navigate through the challenges of understanding their strengths and determining their future,” said Wendy McGuire, Deputy Executive Director.  “The support from AT&T means that they will have the guidance and empowerment they need to create a pathway to success.”

Learn more about this program, and many others offered by the Club at http://www.bgcppnj.org/.  Follow the Club on Twitter @bgcppnj and #bgcppnj.

AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. The company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $450 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.  Follow us on Twitter @attimpact.

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September 04, 2018

AT&T Opens the AT&T Science & Technology Innovation Center in Middletown

Posted by AT&T New Jersey Newsroom

AT&T’s roots are deep in New Jersey. For more than 140 years, we’ve been inventing, inspiring and delivering some of the world’s most advanced technologies. 

AT&T recently opened the AT&T Science & Technology Innovation Center that showcases historic projects that have molded life as we know it, as well as modern day innovations.

From the telegraph to the future roll out of mobile 5G and all the industry disrupting innovations in between, the world of technology and telecommunications has evolved before our eyes. At the AT&T Science & Technology Innovation Center we are highlighting and celebrating the past, present and future of technology. The museum is divided into four categories - instruments, innovation, switching and transmission - and is filled with AT&T artifacts collected over the past 140 years. Additionally, the museum offers hands-on and interactive displays.

Visitors will see and learn about ground-to-air radio telephony, motion picture sound, the Telstar satellite, telephone switching, the facsimile machine, military radar systems, the transistor, undersea cable, fiber communications, Picturephone via T1’s, coinphones, touch-tone dialing, AMPS cellular phones, UNIX™ and C language programming.

“It’s Important to know where you came from if you want to figure out where you’re going. That’s what the museum represents. It’s not just a journey through the past, but a roadmap for the future. It’s also important to recognize and honor the past achievements that make the future possible. That’s what this is about,” said Andre Feutsch, President, AT&T Labs and Chief Technology Officer.

AT&T held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, August 28, followed by tours for employees and guests. The grand opening ceremony included Andre Fuetsch, AT&T Labs President and Chief Technology Officer; Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker; Tony Perry, Middletown Township Committeeman; and Lori Matheus, Sr. VP, New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

“We have a great story to tell about our contributions to technology and innovation over the decades.  This museum demonstrates AT&T’s continued commitment to innovating and gives us an opportunity to showcase some of the projects being developed right here in New Jersey that are transforming the world,” said Charlene  Brown, regional Vice President for AT&T in New Jersey.  

For more information, click here to download the premiere edition of the Magazine for the Science & Technology Innovation Center in Middletown, NJ.

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