Verizon Innovative Learning school tech grant nominations due April 15

PROVIDENCE – Wireless network company Verizon is seeking nominations from Rhode Island and across the nation for its Verizon Innovative Learning grants, which provide immersive technology, teacher training and science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, curricula for schools.

Participating Verizon Innovative Learning schools receive in-depth, ongoing teacher training; curriculum guides; tablets; and 4G LTE data plans. Some also receive innovation labs outfitted with the latest equipment and connectivity.

Verizon said in a press release it will invest more than $200 million in additional funds toward the program, which also provides connectivity to under-resourced students in the U.S. So far, said Verizon, it has invested $200 million and reached 1 million students.

“Verizon has become increasingly concerned about the chasm between those Americans who are prepared to thrive in the digital age and those who are not,” said Lowell McAdam, chairman and CEO of Verizon.

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The company’s goal is to double in-school programs it supports from 100 middle schools beginning in September 2018 to 200 middle schools by the end of 2020.

“By 2020, nearly eight in 10 jobs will require technology skills,” said Rose Stuckey Kirk, Verizon chief corporate social responsibility officer.

Verizon will also give these schools access to 5G and continue programs in urban and rural communities that expose students to building skills in augmented reality, machine learning, coding, 3-D printing and more, reaching 5 million more students by 2023.

Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. on April 15. Details can be found here.

Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.