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Samsung Mobile U Classroom Makes First Stop at WKCTC

More than 90 students, faculty and community members toured the Samsung Mobile U classroom on the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College today the first stop in Samsung's fall 2014 Mobile U college tour to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).

The Samsung Mobile U classroom will be available to tour on the WKCTC campus Wednesday, November 12 and Thursday, November 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tour will not be available November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Its free to participate in the tour.

The Mobile U classroom, a state-of-the-art, fully technology integrated mobile truck that converts to a classroom provides participants with the chance to learn about all levels of STEM technology. Through the mobile workshops, participants learn principles from basic computer information and programming to writing computer code and learning more about how to start writing programs that can change the technology world.

These students that finish and graduate with their technical degree, they could also become our future employees leading us to continue to innovate products that will keep us a technology global company, said Cindy Chang, Samsung marketing manager. Not only do you need the community to support these students, but you also need companies like Samsung, corporations that have the shared value to commit fully and support education in a way that we can grow more engineers in the future market.

Chang said Samsung has selected four colleges, but the company is focusing on the community college as a route to STEM careers. Whether a students goal is to transfer to a four-year institution or to immediately join the workforce, community colleges can provide the preparation, training and services that are needed for success, Chang said. And that's why we are here.

Tammy Potter, dean of business and computer related technologies, said its exciting for WKCTC students to see that no matter whether they are in a beginners class, an intermediate or an advanced class, there is a future for them in technology. This takes them outside the classroom and enables them to see something completely different, Potter said. That is so valuable to the students.

WKCTC President Barbara Veazey said she was impressed with the technology she saw during her tour of the mobile For Samsung to come here, to have our faculty go through this demonstration and work on this curriculum can only bring what they are learning in the classroom to life, said Veazey. For our students to see a bigger job opportunity is huge for them.

The Samsung tour also includes a scholarship contest, which is an extension of the company's STEM programming and curriculum. Students can win up to $5,000 in scholarships. Through the Mobile U initiative, Samsung is also conducting a tablet sweepstakes each day. Each participant will have an opportunity to sign up for a random drawing; a winner is chosen daily.

Samsung will continue the 2014 tour with three community or technical colleges across the United States. Each participating college will receive a $5,000 donation, courtesy of Samsung, which will be used toward STEM and computer science programs.

For more information about the Samsung tour, scholarship opportunities and tablet sweepstakes, visit samsungmobileu.com.