As part of Vertex’s commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education through hands-on learning experiences, Vertex is partnering with Bottom Line, a non-profit organization that helps first-generation-to-college students get into college and graduate.
Vertex CEO Dr. Jeffrey Leiden recently chaired Bottom Line’s 11th Annual Get In, Graduate and Go Far event, which brought together more than 1,000 business and industry leaders who are focused on expanding opportunities for Boston’s youth. The event helped raise $1 million to support the one-on-one mentoring and counseling programs that Bottom Line offers to students in Massachusetts.
The theme of this year’s event was the “Power of a Degree,” acknowledging the determination and success of students pursuing a degree through the Bottom Line program, as well as community leaders like Vertex who are partnering with Bottom Line to provide students with the tools they need to compete and succeed.
“Opportunities for students cannot be limited to seizing a finite piece of the proverbial pie,” said Dr. Leiden. “Rather, we must work together to grow that pie, creating more opportunities through innovation. New ideas and new technologies will extend opportunities for many more people to fully participate in our society and our economy. This will take a strong public-private partnership, in which public, private and non-profit leadership in Boston join together to supply the resources necessary to spark innovation and help local students realize their full potential.”
Vertex began its partnership with Bottom Line as an extension of its comprehensive STEM education program, which is designed to spark an interest in science at an early age for Boston Public School students through hands-on learning. The company realized that in order to truly have an impact on a student’s ability to successfully pursue a STEM career, extending the support system beyond high school was essential. A number of the students who participate in Vertex’s STEM programs are the first in their families to go to college. Bottom Line is uniquely equipped to provide them with the tools they need to complete a degree and go on to a meaningful career path.
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