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Cisco Helps Launch STEM Mentor Program at White House Science Fair; John Chambers Comments

John Chambers
John Chambers

Cisco and nine other U.S. technology companies and education non-profit organizations have launched a new program to mentor students from grades kindergarten through high school senior in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Companies participating in the US2020 initiative will aim to have 20 percent or more of their employees volunteering at least 20 hours a year as STEM mentors by 2020, the San Jose Mercury News reported Monday.

Mike Cassidy writes President Barack Obama announced the White House Science Fair, along with other programs aiming to promote studies and careers in the STEM fields to students.

“By 2015, it is expected that roughly 90% of jobs across all sectors will require technology skills,”  said John Chambers, Cisco chairman and CEO, according to the report.

“Cisco will encourage employees to spend more time mentoring youth and engaging them in hands-on learning experiences, which are vital to fostering a passion for the STEM fields,” Chambers said.

US2020 will receive $2 million from participants to start and support the program, Cassidy writes.

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