TCC partners with Verizon for Free Year-long STEM Enrichment Program for Girls and Boys in Middle School

June 16, 2021

Verizon STEM middle school program student with robots and other gadgets. Tallahassee Community is partnering with Verizon and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) to offer a free project-based STEM learning program for 6- 8th graders starting on Monday, June 21.


The program is part of Verizon Innovative Learning (VIL) which is Verizon’s education initiative that addresses barriers to digital inclusion. It is a key program under Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental, and social advancement to help move the world forward for all.


The program provides an engaging year-long program where 6th-8th grade students learn about design thinking, 3D printing, augmented reality, and social entrepreneurship. No experience is required.


The Verizon Innovative Learning Program at TCC is unique because we provide a wide variety of cutting-edge technology at no cost,” said Dr. Renee Gordon, STEM Program Director at TCC. “Our focus is to increase diversity in the fields of computer science, programming, and other careers within STEM. We want students to see that their future is really open to a number of possibilities they may not have considered before.”  


Although targeted to young women, the program is inclusive and welcomes all genders and non-binary youth.  The year-long program starts with a 3-week virtual summer camp from June 21- July 9 and in-person meetings at TCC one Saturday per month during the academic year.


Food and transportation for students will be provided!


To register, visit


Every child deserves access to a better future. Verizon launched the VIL program to empower underserved middle school students to explore STEM subjects, learn problem solving skills, and consider career opportunities in technology fields by providing mentorship, access to technology and hands-on training.


For more details on the VIL Program at TCC, visit