MIDLAND, MI, October 12, 2017 — AT&T will present a $10,000 contribution on Friday to the Greater Michigan Construction Academy (GMCA). The contribution will support efforts to expose underserved high school students to the many skilled trade-based opportunities available to young students who are looking for an alternative to enrolling in a four-year college. Students enrolled in GMCA’s program receive hands-on training through classroom instruction and apprenticeships while working towards the goal of achieving nationally recognized certifications upon completing the program.

“Thank you AT&T for recognizing the value of our program and offering us your generous support,” said Stephanie Davis, GMCA vice president of Workforce Development & Training. “There is incredible and growing demand for a skilled workforce where a college degree is not necessarily a prerequisite. AT&T’s support allows us to continue our work to not only make young students aware of these kinds of opportunities but also provide them with the training they’ll need to be competitive applicants in a thriving job market.”

WHEN: Friday, October 13, 2017
9 – 11 A.M.

WHERE: Greater Michigan Construction Academy
7730 W. Wackerly Road, Midland, MI 48642

WHO: Gavin Goetz, AT&T Michigan Executive Director of External Affair
State Senator Jim Stamas (R- Midland)
State Representative Roger Hauck (R-Mount Pleasant)
Stephanie Davis, GMCA Vice President of Workforce Development and Training

State senator Jim Stamas, a longtime supporter of the GMCA, will also be on hand for Friday’s presentation.

“The Greater Michigan Construction Academy has always done an amazing job of training Michigan’s next generation of skilled workers,” said sen. Stamas. “And the work they do couldn’t be more important considering Michigan’s construction, technology, energy and manufacturing sectors all have a growing demand for skilled workers with strong backgrounds in STEM-based training.”

“AT&T is proud to support the Greater Michigan Construction Academy’s efforts to provide young people with access to trade-based training and education,” said Jim Murray, president of AT&T of Michigan. “AT&T will always have a need for employees with the kind of training and hard skills GMCA imparts upon its students, so we are more than willing to do our part as a company to see that they are able to continue their good work.”

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