October 1, 2014- Albany, GA- Albany Technical College will be the host college for a visit from the new President of AT&T Georgia, Beth Shiroishi, and the leaders of Southwest Georgia's institutions of higher learning, on Thursday, October 2, 2014, beginning at 12Noon.
Shiroishi, an advocate for higher education, will have lunch with ATC President, Dr. Anthony O. Parker, and leaders from several area colleges and universities. Representatives from the following colleges and universities are expected to attend: Albany Technical College, South Georgia Technical College, Andrew College, Thomas University, and Moultrie Technical College. In addition, Dr. David Mosely from the Dougherty County School System will also be in attendance.
Appointed President of AT&T Georgia in December 2013, Shiroishi is responsible for the company's government relations, public policy and community relations initiatives across the state. In this role, she works closely with community and business leaders and elected officials to help bring new technology and jobs to the state and to create stronger communities for all Georgians.
Shiroishi and AT&T Georgia are committed to strengthening communities and creating shared value throughout the state by investing in the infrastructure needed to keep Georgians and their business connected, as well as by providing volunteer and philanthrophic support, particularly in the area of education. From 2010 through 2012, AT&T invested nearly $3.9 billion in its Georgia wireless and wireline networks. And, in the same time period, AT&T and its employees contributed more than $23.9 million through corporate, employee and AT&T Foundation giving programs in Georgia.
Most recently, Shiroishi was involved in the creation of the company's corporate sustainability group, which worked across the company's signature charitable program, AT&T Aspire. Under this initiative, over $100 million has been invested in programs that help underserved youth succeed in high school and go on to postsecondary education or meaningful employment, and in 2012, the company announced an additional $250 million towards these same goals.
Albany Technical College has benefitted from donations given to its Foundation by AT&T. Annual contributions have ranged from $1,000 to $4,500 each year. In 2009, AT&T awarded Albany Tech a $50,000 grant to help the college get to a state of wireless access. They have also been supporters of Foundation events, including the annual golf tournament and Roasts.