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Verizon Innovative Learning taps mentors to create STEM career pathways

Northampton, MA –News Direct– Verizon

By: Kenrya Rankin

In her four years as program director for the Verizon Innovative Learning Rural Young Women program at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland, June Evans has seen her students blossom. Hailing from both suburban and semi-rural parts of the county, they have shifted from being uncertain about their place in STEM, to finding a home in design thinking and innovation.

In 2021, Verizon Innovative Learning formalized mentoring in the curriculum across all 49 schools in the program. But mentoring has been a key component at Prince George’s Community College since Evans brought the program to campus. “It was important for us to have mentoring as part of this program. They’re forming friendships, and they’re building things that they never thought they could,” she says.

Lead mentor Samantha…

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