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Utilizing virtual reality, an enrichment camp for Black Belt scholars is being held from today to Thursday at Stillman College campus for students to study industries and STEM topics. 

The Black Belt Scholars Summer STEM Camp began as a pilot program sponsored by Sen. Bobby Singleton. It originally focused on STEM topics but has returned to add industry and career exploration. 

This is a partnership of West AlabamaWorks! and schools in Hale, Greene, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa Counties. 

“The jobs of the future are in STEM and innovation. As a public servant, I feel a responsibility to make sure the next generation of Black Belt leaders have the tools they need to thrive in these areas,” said Singleton in a press release.

“Although we launched the three-week program, the long-term vision is for this to be an annual six-week summer program open to 300 Black Belt students across five counties.”

As part of the program students will take field trips to Wallace Community College Selma, Shelton State Community Colleges, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Florida Agricultural, Mechanical University in Tallahassee, FL and a trip is planned to NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.

At the Wynn Center on Stillman College's campus West AlabamaWorks! is using its Virtual WOW platform to explore industries such as agriculture, construction, education, energy/utilities, engineering/environment, healthcare, hospitality/tourism, manufacturing/logistics, public safety, and transportation. 

TransfrVR is also being used for students to learn about manufacturing, architecture and construction, transportation and logistics, as well as hospitality and tourism.

For more information about Alabama Black Belt Scholars contact Terri Reynolds at terri@levitatelegal.com

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