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Cisco Gives $102,000 to Help Silicon Valley Students

The focus is on bridging the math gap

By Scott Budman
|  Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012  |  Updated 9:54 AM PDT
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Cisco Gives $102,000 to Help Silicon Valley Students

Boosting math skills.

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One of Silicon Valley's largest employers is making an investment in the area's future workforce.

Cisco Systems, though its Cisco Foundation, just announced a $102,000 grant to a non-profit group called MIND Research Institute. MIND focuses on math, specifically closing the achievement gap between students when it comes to math skills.

The  money will go towards learning programs for students, as well as help for teachers when it comes to putting the programs to use. Schools in Silicon Valley's Franklin-McKinley and Alum Rock School districts will be the first to benefit from the grant. Both districts are close to Cisco's headquarters.

Cisco's community relations manager Ricardo Benavidez says the goal is "improving math proficiency and fostering a love for learning for high-needs children in Silicon Valley." If the program works as planned, it could also be a way to bring more potential high tech workers into the job market.

Companies complain a lot about American students falling short when it comes to math and science skills. Here's one company opening its wallet to help solve the problem.

Scott wishes he were better at math. He’s on Twitter: @scottbudman

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