U.S. Cellular Announces New Nonprofit Relationship with JASON Learning

Business Wire 8-Nov-2018 9:00 AM

Company joins forces with nonprofit to expand K-12 STEM education

U.S. Cellular is announcing its new nonprofit relationship with JASON Learning, an education-focused organization with headquarters based in Virginia. As part of its commitment to advancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, U.S. Cellular worked with JASON Learning to create a custom STEM-focused design thinking challenge targeted to students in its markets.

This "Storm Sanctuary" challenge, referred to as a "mission", inspires students to create a connected space for communities facing natural disasters. The mission will launch in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Milwaukee, Wisconsin school districts for the 2018-2019 school year. JASON Learning will host the mission on its website where it will be accessible to all free of charge.

"We are very excited to work with JASON Learning to positively impact hundreds of thousands of youth each year, helping to inspire their interest in STEM education" said Deirdre Drake, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at U.S. Cellular. "With having our unique mission hosted on the JASON Learning website, our associates and anyone interested can create volunteer opportunities within their communities or even execute the project at home with their families."

Founded by Dr. Robert Ballard – the famed explorer and oceanographer who discovered the Titanic in 1985 – JASON Learning develops engaging, real, and rigorous award-winning curriculum for students from kindergarten through high school. Studies have shown that students who participate in these missions significantly improve academic achievement and attitudes toward STEM careers.

"Teaming up with U.S. Cellular was the perfect collaboration as the company's promotion of STEM education aligns with our objective to present students with real-world situations they can solve with applications of STEM thinking," said Eleanor Smalley, President and CEO of JASON Learning. "The "Storm Sanctuary" Mission is a creative and engaging way to continue to ignite young people's interest in STEM not only in the classroom but in everyday life."

U.S. Cellular has a longstanding commitment to the community and education. The company has contributed more than $13.2 million to K-12 STEM education since 2009. In 2017, U.S. Cellular associates volunteered at more than 185 events and are committed to volunteering 35,000 hours in local communities again this year.

For more information on U.S. Cellular's community involvement, visit https://www.uscellular.com/about/community-outreach.

About U.S. Cellular

U.S. Cellular is the fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier offers coverage where the other carriers don't and a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers' lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. For the fifth time in a row, U.S. Cellular has the Highest Wireless Network Quality Performance, according to J.D. Power's twice-annual U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study, and 99 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or www.uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.

About JASON Learning

JASON is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1989 by Dr. Robert D. Ballard. JASON provides curriculum and learning experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for K-12 students, and high-quality professional development for teachers. JASON has been used successfully in a wide variety of formal and informal education environments. Available online at jason.org, JASON's award-winning curricula place students in challenging, real-world situations where they are connected with and mentored by leading STEM professionals. Learn more at www.JASON.org

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