Friday, November 9, 2012
AT&T announced a $25,000 contribution to support the UTeach Program at the University of West Georgia.
UTeach West Georgia is an innovative and highly successful teacher preparation program for students majoring in science and mathematics. The University of West Georgia is one of three institutions in the state selected to replicate the UTeach model.
UTeach was specifically created to attract the widest range of bright science and mathematics majors into secondary teaching careers, to prepare them with an advanced field-intensive curriculum, and to promote field retention through induction support and ongoing professional development.
“Enrollment projections for the UTeach UWG program have surpassed our expectation. AT&T’s contribution will enable us to continue to leverage this valuable program to improve STEM education in our area as well as statewide,” said Mary Hart, UWG senior associate director of Development. “Support from the business community ensures we continue to educate the next generation with best practices and resources, and prepare our young people for the jobs of the new economy.”
UTeach is an innovative and successful university-based secondary STEM teacher preparation program started at The University of Texas at Austin in 1997. UTeach has been recognized as a model for STEM teacher preparation reform by prominent organizations, including the National Research Council, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. UTeach was featured as a model program in a 2006 report by the National Academies, Rising Above the Gathering Storm, which called for a dramatic increase in the number of STEM teachers.
“I want to thank the University of West Georgia for launching this program to provide a sharp focus on STEM education for our students,” said State Representative Dusty Hightower. “Preparing our young people for high skill / high wage jobs is critical for the economic health of our community and our state.”
The University of West Georgia’s UTeach program aligns with AT&T’s Aspire initiative – one of the nation’s largest corporate commitments focused on helping more students graduate from high school ready for college and careers –and is a reflection of AT&T’s continued efforts to improve local communities.
“AT&T is a proud to support the University of West Georgia,” said Pete Meadows, AT&T Georgia Regional Director. “The importance of STEM education can’t be underestimated as we build tomorrow’s workforce.”