$500,000 in Grants Offered for School-to-Career Initiatives

$500,000 in Grants Offered for School-to-Career Initiatives

Bell Atlantic Foundation Announces Bay State Program

December 14, 1998

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BOSTON -- The Bell Atlantic Foundation is offering $500,000 in grants for innovative programs that use technology to prepare Massachusetts students for the workplace.

Schools and teachers with students in grades 7-12 are invited to apply for the grants through the 1999 EdLink Awards program. Now in its third year, the Bell Atlantic Foundation EdLink Awards promote partnerships between schools, businesses and community organizations.

"It's important for students to see practical applications of what they are learning," said Robert Mudge, vice president for Bell Atlantic-Massachusetts. "Our EdLink program is designed to encourage learning while introducing students to career and educational possibilities."

Some $450,000 will be awarded to proposals that demonstrate collaboration between schools and community organizations, colleges, universities or school-to- work partnerships. Up to $50,000 will be earmarked for individual teachers or teams of teachers proposing classroom projects. Priority will be given to proposals that support the effective use of new technologies.

Through this effort, Mudge said Bell Atlantic hopes to strengthen technology skills for teachers and students, foster diversity in the workplace and support career mentoring programs which can serve as models for use elsewhere in the state.

Massachusetts Commissioner of Education David Driscoll hailed the program and its current emphasis on supporting school-to-career initiatives through which students from all backgrounds can acquire skills that lead to satisfying future employment opportunities.

"I value the Bell Atlantic Foundation's commitment to helping our young people acquire and develop the skills they need to become problem solvers and lifelong learners," said Driscoll. "These skills are vital in today's demanding work environments."

Bell Atlantic EdLink grant proposals are due Jan. 15. Recipients will be announced in April, with winning programs slated for implementation between June 1999 and June 2000.

The Bell Atlantic Foundation supports a variety of projects domestically and internationally, with an emphasis on new technology applications in education, health and human services, the arts and humanities, and civic development in the communities served by Bell Atlantic. For more information, visit bellatlanticfoundation.com on the Internet.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With 42 million telephone access lines and eight million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders in wireless services and the world's largest publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations and investments in 23 countries.

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