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AT&T contributes $30,000 to TCC veterans initiative

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – AT&T contributed $30,000 to the Tidewater Community College Educational Foundation, which will help support a math refresher program for veterans seeking STEM careers.

The contribution is part of a $400,000 contribution AT&T is making to organizations across the country that serve veterans and active-duty military personnel.

The money will help students prepare to take the Virginia Placement Test in mathematics.

The program is part of the STEM Fleet-Forward initiative, which is led by TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education and partially funded by the Office of Naval Research.

“Our nation’s servicemen and servicewomen – and their families – have made great sacrifices to protect our country and our freedoms, and it’s an honor to support them both at home and abroad,” said Vince Apruzzese, AT&T’s regional vice president for External Affairs and Army veteran. “This contribution is just one way we at AT&T can express our thanks this Veterans Day.”

According to TCC’s president, 80 percent of incoming college students are placed into developmental math courses. However, the courses do not count towards a degree for military-related students and deplete their GI Bill benefits.

“AT&T’s contribution will help place more military-related students on the path to STEM careers through the CMVE MathPath, a math refresher program,” she said.

Military students make up about one-third of TCC’s enrollment.