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CCAC to host free STEM summer program for underserved youth

STEM summer programPITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County is partnering with Verizon and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) to ensure equitable access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education in under-resourced communities across the nation. Verizon, through its education initiative Verizon Innovative Learning (VIL) is partnering with NACCE to offer a free, year-round program for middle-school aged boys and girls through 45 NACCE-member colleges. Through the engaging hands-on program, students will learn next-gen technology skills such as design thinking, 3D printing and augmented reality as well as social entrepreneurship. Developed in partnership with Verizon, this program is designed to create a more diverse pipeline of skilled workers in STEM fields. Verizon Innovative Learning is a key part of Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental and social advancement to help move the world forward for all. 

As a NACCE-member college, CCAC will host two summer programs for students in grades 6–8 from June 28–July 15, 2021. The Young Men of Color program will take place at CCAC Homewood-Brushton Center, and the Rural Young Women program will take place at CCAC West Hills Center. The programs are inclusive and welcome all genders and non-binary youth. Both will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will include lunch. Participants will receive an immersive STEM experience during the three-week summer course followed by sessions held on one Saturday per month throughout the year. Students, who are paired with a mentor for the duration of the program, also receive career exposure opportunities led by Verizon employee volunteers and Pittsburgh community organizations. 

For more information, contact Dr. Vladimir St. Surin at or To register for the boys program, visit To register for the girls program, visit To learn more about Verizon Innovative Learning, visit: