Students 'Get on Board' with the CSU/AT&T Road to College Bus Tour
AT&T provides $500,000 for the second annual tour
Erik Fallis, (562) 951-4800
(April 07, 2010) – The California State University and AT&T are once again taking to the road with the message of academic preparation, access for underserved students, and the need for future workforce professionals in California.
From April 12 to May 14, thousands of middle and high school students at nearly 40 stops statewide are expected to board a 40-foot high-impact "wired" bus wrapped with the "Road to College: Get on Board" theme, and complete with laptop computers with career exploration, academic preparation and financial aid planning information. This year’s tour is made possible by $500,000 in funding provided by AT&T. A complete schedule of dates and locations can be found on www.calstate.edu/roadtocollege.
"Education is the key focus of AT&T's philanthropy and the Road to College is a great way to get young people thinking ahead and excited about higher education," said Ken McNeely, president, AT&T California. "We are driven to make California more competitive in the workplace, along with the better lives and improved communities that come from students graduating from colleges and universities."
This is the second time that AT&T and CSU have partnered for Road to College. In 2008, a $1.6 million four-year contribution from the AT&T Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AT&T Corp., (NYSE:T) funded the CSU College Corps program to provide college advising for 1,000 high school students, as well as the first Road to College bus tour.
"Student success is built on having a goal, a plan and the commitment to overcome challenges along the way,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "Road to College is designed to provide students with the tools to create a better future. Student preparation is the key to a college education that ultimately drives California's economic engine."
Throughout the tour, students, parents and educators will be able to track the progress of the Road to College bus through Twitter and Facebook. The CSU Voices and Views blog will also provide continuous updates and stories from the road.
About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 433,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 90,000 annually. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California.
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