AT&T’s investment in the Hoosier state did not just stop with developing communication infrastructure, the company announced on Friday it would donate to a South Bend educational program to encourage entrepreneurship and workforce readiness.
The Robinson Community Learning Center will be receiving a $10,000 donation from the phone and Internet service provider for its youth entrepreneurship program. The program gives local low and moderate-income high school kids access to innovating teaching curriculum to help improve school retention and preparedness for the workforce.
Students learn about financial literacy and participate in the creation of business experiences that expose them to sales, customer service, business operations and record keeping—skills that the center believes will ultimately make them more competitive job applicants.
The contribution is part of AT&T’s Aspire Program which launched in 2008. But the contribution to the Robinson center is not all that AT&T is doing in the Hoosier State.
AT&T has also invested more than $1.3 billion in wireless and wired line networks throughout Indiana, focusing on expanding mobile Internet access as well as improving product performance.
“I know just last year we have made over 90 network improvements in our wireless network,” said George Fleetwood, President of AT&T Indiana, “We now have 4G LTE which is our fastest wireless network, the fastest wireless network in the country that we have right here."
Some say these improvements are helping bring people into the area, because with good Internet and good technology, businesses have a better opportunity to grow and expand.
“One of the top questions people ask us about when they are looking or considering this area is about the technology that is available and about how their business will be connected to the rest of the world, so its and investment like we are celebrating today that helps put us on par with the rest of the world,” says President and CEO of the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce, Jeff Rea.