BSCTC Brings New Technology Program to Campus Aimed at Middle School Girls

This summer, Big Sandy Community and Technical College will join Verizon Innovative Learning, the education initiative of the Verizon Foundation, to introduce more girls, especially those in rural parts of the country, to science, technology, engineering, and math skills. Launched in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, the 2-year program was piloted last summer at five community colleges and will expand to 16 community colleges, engaging over 1,500 students. During the three-week intensive learning experience, up to 100 girls from local middle schools across eastern Kentucky will attend courses at the BSCTC Pikeville Campus in augmented and virtual reality, coding, 3D design, entrepreneurship, and design thinking principles. Following the summer, students will participate in monthly sessions throughout the academic year to develop a technology solution for a community problem that aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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