Intel commits $200M to STEM education, some destined for Arizona

January 8, 2010

By hammersmith

Intel commits $200 million to education, some destined for Arizona

Phoenix Business Journal – by Patrick O’Grady

Intel Corp. is putting $200 million into science and math education, and Arizona should get some of those proceeds based on the company history.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker (Nasdaq:INTC) developed a 10-year plan as part of President Barack Obama’s effort to push science and math in schools.

While the amounts and recipients haven’t been released, Intel has a history of backing math and science education in Arizona. With more than 10,000 workers in the state, many based at its Chandler campus, Intel has been a regular contributor to Arizona schools.

The company has funneled about $1.8 million into education programs in the state annually and has trained more than 17,500 teachers through its Intel Teach program. Arizona also is one of four states involved in the Intel Math initiative for 25 teachers that provides 80 hours of professional development.

“Intel’s commitment to education, focusing on math, science and technology is the foundation of our community and corporate responsibility commitment in Arizona,” said Cathleen Barton, Southwest region education manager. “We have wonderful partnerships with school districts, the Arizona Department of Education, community colleges and universities, and other organizations across Arizona to support improved teaching and learning in these areas.”