Approximately 70 students from Red Bank, New Brunswick and Matawan-Aberdeen Middle and Charter schools recently spent the day with AT&T employees at the company’s Labs in Middletown to learn about technology careers and why it’s so important to stay in school and to never give up their dreams. The event was one of more than 30 held nationally at AT&T facilities by employees who are members of AT&T’s Hispanic/Latino Association, HACEMOS. More than 1,800 students participated nationally in a HACEMOS High-Tech day event
The underlying purpose of High Tech Day is to teach students that no matter where they were born or how they grew up, only they can determine their future, and the importance of education. Students touring AT&T’s Middletown Labs got a look at a router room which relays hundreds of thousands of data and voice calls in the area; today’s advanced video conferencing services called Telepresence, research projects in several Lab areas and heard from AT&T mentors about their academic and professional experiences. Students also took a turn at the “wheel” of an online simulator which safely demonstrates the dangers of texting while driving. The It Can Wait simulator is available free at www.itcanwaitsimulator.org.