Lenovo Employees Give Back During Second Lenovo in the Classroom Day

Lenovo Data Center Group Employees Visit NAF academy classrooms across North Carolina to discuss STEM education and career opportunities

(New York, NY) – April 20, 2016: On April 19, NAF academy classrooms across the state of North Carolina welcomed Lenovo employee volunteers, both virtually and in person, as part of the second Lenovo in the Classroom Day. The 25 volunteers shared their time and expertise with students, providing information and personal stories about STEM skills and careers. The first Lenovo in the Classroom Day was held in November 2015 to foster conversation around the importance of STEM skills and STEM career opportunities. This is an increasingly important topic as STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent from 2008-2018.

NAF academies operate in over 700 public high schools across the United States, partnering with businesses and community leaders to provide educators with ongoing support across one of five STEM career themes including finance, hospitality & tourism, IT, health sciences, and engineering.  Approximately 20 NAF academies participated in the latest Lenovo in the Classroom Day event.

In addition to Lenovo in the Classroom Day, Lenovo also partners with 30 NAF academies through the Lenovo Scholar Network. The program, now in its second year, is designed to enable the next generation of developers and entrepreneurs through a rich application development curriculum. As part of the program, Lenovo provides the NAF academies with Lenovo ThinkPad laptops and YOGA tablets to aid students in the coding, testing and development of mobile apps while also helping teachers and mentors with the implementation of STEM curriculum. 

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $46 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode YOGA brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Moto brand), tablets and apps. Join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo) or visit us at www.lenovo.com.

About NAF

NAF is a national network that brings together the business and education communities to provide high school students access to opportunities that will help make them college, career, and future ready.   

NAF works with high need communities to transform the high school experience through an educational design that includes industry-specific curricula, work-based learning experiences, and relationships with business professionals, culminating in a paid internship. NAF academies fit within and enhance school systems, allowing NAF to become an integral part of a plan for higher achievement at a low cost. NAF academies focus on one of five career themes: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. During the 2015-16 school year nearly 89,000 students attended 716 NAF academies across 36 states, including D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2015, NAF academies reported 98% of seniors graduated with 92% of graduates with post-secondary intentions. For more information, please visit: http://naf.org/