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AT&T Honors MNTC with $20,500 Aspire Grant During State of the Schools Event

on October 28, 2019

Moore Norman Technology Center received an AT&T Aspire grant worth $20,500 during the annual State of the Schools event held at the Yellow Rose Dinner Theater in Moore on Tuesday.

MNTC Superintendent Brian Ruttman and fellow administrators accepted the grant from AT&T External Affairs Manager Jan Moran and thanked her and AT&T for their generosity.

The AT&T Aspire grant provides access to education and training to help people get and keep good jobs. Since 2008 they have committed $500 million to programs that help millions of students in all 50 states and around the world. Mainly focused on high school retention programs and college and workforce readiness programs, they also look at job training programs that prepare underserved populations for meaningful employment and programs that help students successfully complete high school and college.

“To succeed in the global economy, our workforce needs the right skills.  We are proud to support organizations like MNTC that help people build the skills they need for successful careers in technology,” Moran said.

MNTC Grants & Special Projects Coordinator Jennifer Tupper said, “The funding provided by the AT&T Aspire grant will allow MNTC to expand career awareness activities for students. This will also provide additional resources for focusing on career awareness and making opportunities available to students in the future.”

In the grant application, Tupper noted the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development report released in 2015 that states that by 2025, three of four Oklahoma jobs will require education or training beyond high school. She said career exploration plays an integral role in allowing students to discover available options and connect the importance of their education to future planning and goals. 

Tupper said there are three MNTC projects that the AT&T Aspire grant can help fund that are related to K12 student career exploration. The first project involves 8th grade and sophomore tours where students can explore career programs available and begin planning. Another project is the Pre-Engineering 8th grade tours that are designed to raise awareness and enrollment for STEM career clusters and career training programs by providing on-site activities and interest survey for STEM-related fields. The last project is a “Reality Check” career awareness event for Norman and Moore Public Schools’ freshman. It is an interactive program that allows students to experience cost of living realities using financial literacy against various rates of pay based on education, technical skills and early career planning choices. 

“We’re so excited about the AT&T Aspire grant and can’t wait to work on projects that can make a huge impact on students’ lives,” said Tupper. 

For information about the AT&T Foundation and the Aspire Funding visit giving.att.com/aspire. To learn about MNTC full-time career programs for high school students in Norman and Moore Public Schools visit mntc.edu or call 405-801-5000. 

Moore Norman Technology Center administrators accept the AT&T Aspire grant from AT&T External Affairs Manager Jan Moran during the State of the Schools event held Tuesday at the Yellow Rose Theatre in Moore. (L to R) MNTC Strategic Innovation Executive Director Karla Marshall, Moran, MNTC Executive Director of Instruction Terri Helvey, MNTC Board of Education President Glen Cosper, MNTC Superintendent Brian Ruttman, MNTC Deputy Superintendent Jeanette Capshaw, Oklahoma House District 53 Rep. Mark McBride and MNTC Business Information Technology Director Robyn Castleberry.