Press Release, News, Verizon
Verizon Wireless, provider of the largest and most reliable 4G LTE network in America, today announced that it will implement an educational empowerment program at the School District of Lancaster's two McCaskey High School buildings, J.P. McCaskey and McCaskey East, in partnership with Samsung. The program will focus on mobile learning and inform students how to leverage technology in and out of the classroom to assist in learning and preparing for entering higher education or the workforce.
"Giving back to the community is a top priority for Verizon Wireless," said Mario Turco, Regional President for Verizon Wireless. "This program fulfills our goals on several levels; it teaches students about technology, opens them to experiences they wouldn't ordinarily have, and drives home the importance of continuing their education, all while flexing their creative muscles and collaborating."
Since the educational empowerment program was created by Verizon Wireless in 2011, it has been implemented in 15 high schools in the northeastern United States. Verizon Wireless selected J.P. McCaskey and McCaskey East to be the first high schools in Pennsylvania to execute the program.
The program's signature component is its student app competition, which will have 12 teams of three students, all selected by the schools' administration, working to develop unique app concepts and creating marketing plans around them. Throughout the project, which runs through April, students will attend bi-weekly workshops conducted by Verizon Wireless team members covering topics such as resume writing, job interview skills, and social media fundamentals.
At the end of the project term, teams will present their app concepts and marketing plans. A panel of judges from Verizon Wireless will select three finalists and a public online vote will determine first and second place winners. The members of the winning team will receive $2,000 scholarships, new Samsung tablets and Verizon Wireless summer internships.