IBM (NYSE: IBM) is teaming up with Wake Tech Community College to help put on a “summit” focused on STEM education.

Big Blue is helping fund the event with a donation of $10,000.

Wake Tech plans to invite faculty from community colleges across the state to the event that will focus on careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

“We have to stay ahead of the curve,” said Tonya Forbes, dean of Wake Tech’s Mathematics and Sciences Division, in a statement. “Keeping up with new technologies is critical to the success of our programs – and to the education of our students. IBM’s support provides a tremendous opportunity for us to offer our faculty valuable training and professional development in STEM. We’re extremely excited about this important initiative and this partnership.”

IBM is already involved with a number of similar educational initiatives.

The Wake Tech program is set for Oct. 9-11 at the Sheraton Imperial in RTP.

“IBM is excited about partnering with Wake Technical Community College in helping to promote and enhance STEM education in North Carolina,” said Tina Wilson, manager of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs. “To compete in a global, high-tech, and ever-evolving economy, the U.S. must find new and creative ways to invest in STEM education that fuels innovation. With this grant we hope to make it easier for those in the education industry, including students, faculty and administrators, to gain immediate access to a wide range of new STEM educational resources and research applications and tools.”

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