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AT&T in Mesa hosts ‘Technology Day’ for local students

ASU’s Dr. Armando Rodriguez speaks to students about career opportunities in engineering. (Submitted photo)

On March 2, AT&T and Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates (JAG) hosted “Technology Day,” a special learning event for local students at AT&T’s Mesa office. The event was organized by the Arizona chapter of the Women of AT&T, an employee resource group, and designed to provide insight into career opportunities.

Students participate in a telepresence meeting with Heather Walters and Gelly Safavi from AT&T’s Cybersecurity team in Dallas. (Submitted photo)

Nearly 100 students in the JAG program heard from successful professionals in a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers, including AT&T leaders from the cybersecurity, retail technology and DIRECTV teams, as well as Arizona State University’s engineering department.

“As a technology company, we understand the importance of STEM education. That’s why we’re committed to investing in local students and exposing them to different professional opportunities,” said Toni M. Morales, director of external affairs for AT&T Arizona. “We’re honored to partner with JAG for this event and help students prepare for their next step after high school.”

One of the presenters, ASU professor Dr. Armando Rodriguez, worked for a variety of technology companies prior to joining the ASU faculty including MIT, IBM and AT&T.

“AT&T paid for my education,” Rodriguez told the students, referring to a fellowship scholarship he received that enabled him to go to college. “I guarantee if you put in the work for these careers, you will be successful and make a good living.”

– Scott Huscher is senior public relations manager for AT&T Southwest.

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