Supporting STEM with Dallas ISD at Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School

Previously in this blog we’ve covered all of the work that NEC Foundation of America does to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning in the communities where we live and work.

Last week, NEC witnessed first-hand how the foundation’s hard work in the STEM arena is paying off when a delegation attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening of the computer lab at Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School in Dallas.

Among the delegates and speakers at the event were Dallas ISD Superintendent, Michael Hinojosa, Young Women’s Preparatory Network CEO, Lynn McBee, NEC Corporation of America CIO, Juan Fontanes and Lesly Zamora, an Irma Rangel student who interned in the IT department at NEC Corporation of America this past summer.

Dr. Hinojosa stressed the importance of Irma Rangel and applauded Principal Lisa Curry for her role in helping fill the jobs pipeline for young women in STEM careers. He also noted the fact that the school’s success is made possible by the Young Women’s Preparatory Network, and community support from donor organizations like NEC Foundation of America.

Meanwhile, Mr. Fontanes outlined a brief history of NEC’s relationship with Irma Rangel and the Young Women’s Preparatory Network. After a tour of the campus earlier this year, NEC donated dollars, employee time and IT expertise to redesign and procure new equipment for the Irma Rangel computer lab.  The new lab sports 26 new Dell computers, updated furniture and an interactive projector at the front of the lab.

Event attendees, including local dignitaries and media, were also treated to a demonstration by Ms. Zamora, who showcased her ability to tear down and rebuild a computer in just six minutes.  The Dallas Morning News has posted a time-lapse video of the impressive demo on their blog.

Check out more photos, videos and media coverage from the event on our Facebook page.

NEC Foundation Demonstrates Community Commitment with Gift to the Irving Family Advocacy Center

NEC Corporation of America has had a presence in Irving for 30 years, and in that time, we have built a strong relationship with the city. The City of Irving is an early adopter of some of our ‘Smart Cities’ technology, including use of our NeoScan 45 technology, a mobile biometric fingerprint capturing solution for the Irving Police Department.

It is through this relationship that we learned of the amazing work done by the Irving Family Advocacy Center. We admire and are grateful for their partnership with the Irving Police Department to provide counseling services to families affected by domestic violence, crime, and children who have been victims of abuse. After learning of the center’s technological limitations, we decided to help.

Through the NEC Foundation of America, the employees of NEC are happy to provide monetary support to the Irving Advocacy Center. The foundation is our philanthropic organization, with the mission of contributing to the creation of social value and helping to advance human potential through technology and innovative giving programs, focusing on STEM education, health and human services, environmental stewardship, and community well being.

We hope the gift of $112,000 will help the Irving Family Advocacy Center and the Irving police Department continue and perhaps expand the great work they are doing in the community. Chief Larry Boyd of the Irving Police Department recently attended an employee meeting at the NEC Corporation of America headquarters in Irving to accept the check on behalf of the Family Advocacy Center.

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NEC Foundation Supports Dallas Independent School District S.T.E.M. Education Program

DALLAS – NEC Corporation of America President and CEO Shin Takahashi accompanied DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins during a tour of several S.T.E.M. programs at middle and high school campuses on Wednesday, February 24 2016. The tour provided an opportunity to see students in action and learn the positive impact S.T.E.M. education has on student achievement.

The NEC Foundation of America is investing $250,000 in the S.T.E.M. program of the Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School and will be recruiting two interns from the senior class. S.T.E.M. education is one of the main focus areas of the Foundation’s mission to contribute to the creation of social value and advance society through innovative giving programs. District leaders say they are working to expand S.T.E.M. initiatives in more middle schools over the next three years.

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