Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Center for Lifelong Learning is partnering with Verizon and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) to offer a free project-based STEM learning program, Rural Young Women, for students in grades 6-8 that starts July 6. The program is part of the Verizon Innovative Learning education initiative that addresses barriers to digital inclusion and is a key program under Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental and social advancement.

The Verizon Rural Young Women Program was launched to provide underserved young women with the opportunity to explore STEM subjects, learn problem-solving skills, and consider career opportunities in technology fields by providing mentorship, access to technology, and hands-on training. Students can learn design thinking, 3D printing, augmented reality, and social entrepreneurship.

This young women’s program is inclusive and welcomes all genders and non-binary youth.It is a year-long program beginning with a three-week virtual camp this summer from July 6-23 and hybrid/in-person meetings at Ivy Tech Bloomington one Saturday per month. Food and transportation support will be provided. No prior knowledge or experience in STEM is required

Registration is open online. To learn more about Verizon Innovative Learning, visit verizoninnovativelearning.com.

For questions, contact Jordan Ferguson, Program Manager of the Ivy Tech Center for Lifelong Learning at jferguson146@ivytech.edu or call 336-479-7025 (cell).

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.