Kansas City, MO (November 14, 2011) – Time Warner Cable (TWC) today announced that Courtney Wells of Kansas City has been named a finalist for the TWC Super Connector Search contest. Wells will star in her own public service announcement for Connect a Million Minds (CAMM), Time Warner Cable’s five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to inspire kids to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In addition, TWC will also donate $5,000 to the non-profit STEM organization of Wells' choice, the Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy of Technology, a prekindergarten thru 8th grade elementary school that believes technology is critical and central to learning and literacy for all students.
In October, TWC launched its Super Connector Search contest, asking its customers to share how they’ve connected young people to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math.
“We’re very excited to name Courtney as the official Time Warner Cable Super Connector from Kansas City,” said Scott Miller, Time Warner Cable's area vice president of operations. “Customers like Courtney are introducing young people to STEM experiences that are inspiring them to become the problem solvers of tomorrow, and we are happy to recognize this commitment with a grant to the Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy of Technology, a valuable resource in our community.”
Wells graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems and a Master of Business Administration, and has worked as a manager at a local information technology company for more than a decade. Her experience with STEM is not limited to her full-time job, as Wells also volunteers with the new robotics club at Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy of Technology, where she mentors kids in the STEM arena, and the Black Family Technology Awareness Association Youth Technology Club. Wells said her interest in STEM was inspired by her father, who bought her a chemistry set when she was eight and an electronics kit when she was 10 years old.
“I have personally felt very compelled to encourage our young kids of today to embark upon a STEM education path,” Wells said. “Today’s youngsters can become the future STEM workforce, and they can have the awesome opportunity to be more than STEM users – they can be our new STEM creators!"
From Nov. 28 through Dec. 11, you can vote for Wells or any of Time Warner Cable’s other Super Connector finalists on connectamillionminds.com. The finalist with the most votes will receive an additional $10,000 grant for the STEM non-profit organization that they support.
About Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds
Time Warner Cable’s (TWC) Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is a five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which puts our children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy. Using its media assets, TWC creates awareness of the issue and inspires students to develop the STEM skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. Program highlights include: original PSAs that challenge public perceptions of STEM; a unique website, www.connectamillionminds.com, where parents and community members can pledge to connect young people with the wonders of science; “The Connectory”, a one-of-a-kind online resource that makes it simple and easy for parents and students to find informal science and technology learning opportunities in their communities; grants to support non-profit organizations that bring stimulating, high-quality and affordable after-school STEM learning to students; TWC employees, over 47,000 strong, who volunteer their time at community events like science fairs and robotics competitions, and share their passion for engineering and technology with students at CAMM career days. TWC’s national CAMM partners are CSAS (Coalition for Science After School) and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Local TWC markets are activating CAMM across the country with community-specific programs and partnerships.
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and phone services in the United States, connecting more than 14 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and phone services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers, and through its NaviSite subsidiary, enterprise-class hosting, managed application, messaging and cloud services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com, www.twcbc.com, www.navisite.com, and www.twcmedia.com.