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Nokia Grant Supports STEM Programming for Students

Nov 30, 2016

Students at the Frisco Student Opportunity Center (SOC) will benefit from Nokia’s mission to support youth through education and real-world application. The SOC serves students who, for a variety of circumstances, may be struggling academically and need more one-on-one support. The Nokia gift of $7,000 will expose these students to a host of career possibilities.

Allison Miller of the Frisco Education Foundation expressed her continued gratitude to Nokia and the Foundation’s many other corporate partners who consistently support public education and the future with funds and through volunteering with the Foundation.

“Students are exposed to so many life-influencing experiences that go beyond the traditional classroom through these types of programs and grants,” she said.

Nokia presented the check to FEF at the Foundation’s Board meeting in October. The funds were distributed in November through the FEF Grants for Great Ideas! Awards program. The grant program helps support innovative ideas in the classroom. The Nokia donation will support a Teamwork N Technology Academy within the SOC.

The Teamwork N Technology Academy is twofold – focusing on exposing students at the Student Opportunity Center to STEM applications, the career possibilities and opportunities in those areas and college readiness to support those careers, as well as developing leadership skills that will allow students to be successful at college and within the careers they choose. Nokia has worked with the SOC to expose students to STEM careers for the last several years.

“The Student Opportunity Center’s mission is 'Encouraging, Empowering, and Educating Students for Success.' We believe that the Teamwork N Technology grant allows us to fulfill our mission in the area of STEM and leadership,” said Sue Kirk, principal of the SOC.

With the help of corporate citizens such as Nokia, students at the SOC are able to explore STEM careers and college majors they may not have otherwise knew existed and will have the confidence to move forward in their career choices after graduation, she added.

Nokia has worked closely with FEF for many years, impacting the lives of many students.

“Nokia is excited to partner with the Frisco Education Foundation to encourage Frisco ISD students to choose STEM programs and careers. We believe in these programs because these students are the future leaders of our company and our country,” said Brenda Sitton, EO/AA Manager for Nokia.

The Frisco Education Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides scholarships for Frisco ISD students and grants to Frisco ISD educators.

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