Blue and Gold - Fall 2021 | Winter 2022 Volume 2 - Issue 2 - Page 73

It was part of the Foundation ’ s “ Delivering on the Dream : Social and Racial Justice ” program .
“ I salute the initiative and focus of Dr . Deirdre Guyton , Dr . Ted Lewis and Mr . Tim McKenzie in developing the grant . It will dramatically elevate the career trajectory of many promising minority students .”
Also present at the grant announcement was Chris Beam , president and chief operating officer of Appalachian Power , a subsidiary of AEP .
- President Robin Capehart
This program encourages students of color to enroll in STEM ( Science , Technology , Engineering , Math ) courses , earn degrees and get jobs in related career fields . It is part of a $ 5 million , five-year commitment by the Foundation to advance social and racial justice in communities served by AEP .
President Robin Capehart commented , “ Bluefield State College is profoundly grateful for the very timely and substantial support of the American Electric Power Foundation . I salute the initiative and focus of Dr . Deirdre Guyton , Dr . Ted Lewis and Mr . Tim McKenzie in developing the grant . It will dramatically elevate the career trajectory of many promising minority students .”
“ Diversity , equity and inclusion continue to be critical components of our company culture . The ‘ Delivering on the Dream ’ program puts our words into action .”
Dr . Deirdre Guyton speaking at the AEP grant announcement .
He said , “ Diversity , equity and inclusion continue to be critical components of our company culture . The ‘ Delivering on the Dream ’ program puts our words into action .”
Separately , in a letter to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph , he added , “ STEM fields offer high-paying , stable jobs . But , according to the Pew Research Center , only 16 percent in STEM occupations are Black or Hispanic . The grant from the AEP Foundation will help increase the pipeline of minority students who pursue STEM fields .”
- Chris Beam , President and Chief Operating Officer of Appalachian Power
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