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Riverland Students Receive STEM Grants

September 26, 2017 07:14 PM

(ABC 6 News) - College has just become a little more affordable to some students at Riverland community college.
"The new economy is a knowledge economy and it requires a very competent workforce" said Riverland President, Dr. Adenuga Atewologun.
And a ten thousand dollar gift to the Riverland community college foundation will help grow that workforce.
"This AT&T donation will support ten scholarships at one thousand dollars each for Riverland community college students who are pursuing stem careers" said Paul Weirtz, AT&T Minnesota State President.
“Those are students involved with science, technology, engineering and math" explained the Riverland Foundation’s Steve Bowron.
“Without a doubt this scholarship will play a key role in helping me achieve my education dreams" scholarship recipient Maycol Qyuetzecua said. “I'll be able to do more homework because i love learning but the problem is that sometimes I don't have enough time  because I have a full time job, so  that will allow me to learn more to further my education."
“I feel an overwhelming need to complete my major goal in life  and to contribute my ideas  and hard work to society" said recipient Gonzalo Soto Vidal, Junior. “One class is going to cost  me six, seven hundred dollars, plus  books is going to cost me an extra two, three hundred dollars. This more than pays for  one class and a little bit of another class.”
Riverland says that ... right now in the Austin area ... there are more than 400 high skill, high demand job openings, many of which are stem-based.
"That's one of the challenges we have is  filling that high demand  because there's many more companies in our region  than need this style of a workforce.” The Riverland Foundation’s Steve Bowron said.
“Technology is the driving force of our new economy” said AT&T’s Paul Weirtz, “and the possibilities of our future economy are really endless."
This is the third year AT&T has provided funding for the scholarships, a total of 36-thousand dollars. (paul weirtz)

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