Students Find the Right Path at Porterville College

Contribution from AT&T supports college’s pathway program for San Joaquin Valley youth

Porterville, CA August 24, 2017 — Porterville College will announce today that AT&T will be making a $20,000 contribution to the college’s innovative completion pathway program during a ceremony held at the college at 10 AM.

The contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature philanthropic initiative and financial commitment of $400 million since 2008 to drive innovation in education and promote student success in school and beyond. 

“AT&T’s support for our Pathways Program will help increase the number of students who transition from high school to college and into successful careers,” said Dr. Rosa F. Carlson, President, Porterville College. “The programs this contribution will help fund gives our students the skills required to compete in today’s economy."

The $20,000 contribution will be used to support the Pathway Program; a dual enrollment program where underserved high school and GED students learn about career options in industrial technology.

The Pathways Program provides a pipeline from the high school career pathway academies at the Porterville Unified School District. The funding will also allow Porterville College to expand offerings and support to enable adults to complete a job skills certificate in industrial technology and/or a certificate of achievement in industrial maintenance.

“Through AT&T Aspire, we are investing in San Joaquin Valley’s students to give them the opportunity to learn and to prepare them for success,” said Julie Tone, Director of External Affairs, AT&T California.

 

The training and education will focus in the fields of industrial technology specifically in welding, programmable logic controllers, electronics, applied mathematics, safety, and general industrial maintenance are necessary to enable adults and youth to attain skills needed to be competitive in the job market and to secure entry to mid-level positions in industry as industrial technicians.

 

About Porterville College 

Porterville College, established in 1927, is in the city of Porterville and is a part of the Kern Community College District. The 60-acre campus enrolls more than 4,000 students each semester. In the San Joaquin Valley, the college is closely linked to its local agricultural community and has developed internships and work-study programs to allow students to acquire practical knowledge of the industry.

About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T

AT&T 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 $400 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships, and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.

 

For more information, Porterville College contact:   

Name: Carol Brown

Title: Administrative Assistant

Phone:  (559) 791-2316

Email:  cbrown@portervillecollege.edu

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