AT&T presents donation towards workforce development training. (Courtesy photo)

As part of AT&T’s continuing commitment to supporting quality education across Tennessee, the company has donated $3,000 to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Memphis.

The contribution will provide for the purchase of network storage units which help support training for high-skill jobs requiring technology-based skills throughout Tennessee. The use of the units will prepare students to successfully recover from a mock data disaster and practice implementing recovery plans.

Roland Rayner (right), president, Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Memphis and Chuck Thomas, regional director of external affairs for AT&T Tennessee. (Courtesy photo)

“The training supported by this contribution will help provide our students the skills required to compete in today’s technology based economy,” said Roland Rayner, president, Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Memphis Campus.

“Creating and maintaining a workforce that is ready to meet the needs of our region is vitally important and through donations like today’s we will be able to reach even more Tennesseans.”

The donation is part of AT&T’s $81,000 gift to the Tennessee Board of Regents. Each of the state’s 27 colleges of applied technology will receive $3,000 to support their efforts to provide workforce development through high quality training that is economical and accessible to all residents of Tennessee.

“As Tennessee’s economy continues to grow we must focus on workforce readiness to ensure employers have the skilled workers they need to flourish,” said Sen. Sara Kyle (District 30). “And colleges of applied technology are instrumental in preparing our workforce to meet the needs of an ever changing 21st century economy.”

“Higher education often creates a pathway to prosperity for those looking to quickly enter the job market and today’s announcement aims to enrich that opportunity for more students,” said Rep. Larry Miller (District 88). “AT&T’s investment in programs like this exemplifies its commitment to furthering education in Tennessee.”

Tennessee’s information technology and technical needs are growing at an exponential rate, creating increased demand for well-trained IT personnel that are crucial to the economic development of Tennessee businesses and industries.

“As the need for IT personnel surges, the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology are helping students develop the critical skills required to enter the workforce and find good jobs right here in Tennessee. We are delighted to support these students on their journey to professional development,” said Chuck Thomas, regional director of external affairs for AT&T Tennessee.

The contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative to drive student success in school and beyond. More information on AT&T’s Aspire is available at: