Richmond Times-Dispatch

Bank ofAmerica gives $100,000 to VCU Engineerin­g for STEMskills

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Bank of America is giving Virginia Commonweal­th University’s College of Engineerin­g Foundation a grant of $100,000 to promote science, technology, engineerin­g and math education to non-traditiona­l students, first-generation college students and students from communitie­s of color. The money will go toward increasing the pool of data scientists, coders, developers and informatio­n security specialist­s.

“The need for qualified candidates with STEM skills is at an all-time high,” said Cathy Bessant, Bank of America’s chief operations and technology officer. “This partnershi­p will bring faculty, students and the business community together to solve real-world problems, while developing a rich pipeline of computer science, data engineerin­g and business developmen­t talent for Richmond.”

Bank of America also will provide mentoring and classroom support from its informatio­n technology profession­als working in the Richmond area.

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