Building STEPS Receives Educational Grant From Blue Planet
BALTIMORE, MD – Building STEPS is pleased to announce it has received an educational grant from Blue Planet, a division of Ciena, to provide recent high school graduates with technology and support crucial to college success. Through this grant, every student will start college with a laptop computer, a subscription to online tutoring, and $100 toward school supplies. Blue Planet will continue supporting Building STEPS high school students through STEM engagement and direct academic and professional development advice.
Ninety-two percent of Building STEPS students attend college on full or partial financial aid and scholarship. Proper technology, which almost all colleges require and every student needs, is often beyond budgeted schools’ expenses. This grant levels the playing field for Building STEPS students, providing them with quality technology, connectivity, and supplemental academic support.
“By equipping students with laptops, online academic support, and school supplies, Blue Planet is making a world of difference to our students and helps them thrive in today’s fast-paced academic environment,” said David Lockhart, Building STEPS Board Chair.
Blue Planet’s Vice President of Finance and Business Operations Beth Dolce said, “With many gaps today in academic and technology tools and support, our digital inclusion program is committed to providing resources for under-resourced students in our communities. Together with Building STEPS, we are expanding connectivity opportunities and inspiring students to realize their academic pursuits.”
About Building STEPS
Building STEPS is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit built on one simple principle; a college education changes a person’s life. Building STEPS equips Baltimore’s bright students with the tools to propel them to college and career success. Multiyear programming offers STEM exposure and immersion, links professional opportunity to education, and ensures students earn a college degree as the first step in reaching their newfound STEM career goals. Nearly 80 percent of Building STEPS graduates earn a college degree and almost all are the first to do so in their family.
Ciena’s Digital Inclusion Program
Ciena’s Digital Inclusion program aims to mobilize the company’s global workforce, leverage its innovation leadership, and collaborate with customers, suppliers and other partners to bridge the digital divide. Ciena has committed to fund $10 million (USD) over a five-year period on programming that promotes digital inclusion through greater connectivity, access to technology and digital skilling, with a goal of expanding opportunities for 100,000 underserved students in our global communities.
About Blue Planet
Blue Planet provides proven software solutions that accelerate digital transformation by automating the services management lifecycle. Our intelligent automation product portfolio spans orchestration, order management, inventory, assurance, and analytics, with deployments at more than 200 customers worldwide. Backed by a global team of delivery specialists and a broad ecosystem of partners, Blue Planet is a division of Ciena that combines expertise across IT, network, and business operations to enable the agility necessary for creating differentiated end-customer experiences. For updates on Blue Planet, visit www.blueplanet.com.
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