Twin Valley Awards 100+ Teacher Scholarships to Attend Kansas Tech Summit
September 28, 2023
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September 28, 2023
Map indicates distribution of scholarships throughout the state, with more than 50 school districts represented.
Fiber construction partner MP Nexlevel joins Twin Valley as a summit sponsor to support FlagshipKansas.Tech’s mission, furthering digital skills, tech education and workforce development in Kansas.
WICHITA, Kan. (September 28, 2023) – In support of tech education in Kansas, Twin Valley has awarded a scholarship to more than 100 Kansas educators to attend the highly anticipated 2nd Annual Ad Astra Technology Summit, presented by state tech industry organization FlagshipKansas.Tech. As Kansas’ largest independent broadband and communications company, Twin Valley serves primarily rural communities. This exclusive program focused on rural teachers, and scholarships were awarded to educators across more than 50 districts.
“These scholarships are our way of recognizing the dedication and passion of Kansas teachers and championing digital inclusion across our state. We believe in investing in the future of education and empowering those who shape young minds. Equipping them with the tools to integrate computational thinking and digital skills development in their classrooms is essential to setting our youth up for success,” Ben Foster, President & CEO of Twin Valley.
Twin Valley is bringing fiber internet to thousands of homes and businesses in 2023, including in Ottawa, Kan. Its primary construction partner, MP Nexlevel, has joined as an Ad Astra Technology Summit sponsor and will provide scholarships for 15 students from the Ottawa school district to attend the summit.
“We’re proud to partner with Twin Valley to bring reliable high-speed connectivity to rural Kansans and support FlagshipKansas.Tech’s mission to further digital skills, tech education and workforce development in the state’s growing tech industry,” said Tim Buchholz, MP Nexlevel Regional Vice President.
As part of the Twin Valley pledge to support community outreach initiatives, sponsoring the event and scholarship – which covers the cost of a ticket to the full conference, awards ceremony, and fireside chat – gives teachers across the state access to resources that will bring computational thinking to their classrooms and help develop the next-generation of tech workforce, entrepreneurs and leaders. Teachers will also be eligible for one full graduate credit hour issued through WSU.
“We appreciate our partnership with MP Nexlevel, whose commitment and shared values are instrumental in fulfilling our Pledge’s core focus areas,” said Todd Dannenberg, Twin Valley Director of Broadband Operations. “We are not only building a reliable broadband network and delivering unparalleled customer service, but we are also providing the best value for internet. Beyond connectivity, our collaboration as sponsors of the Ad Astra Technology Summit reflects our mutual goal to support community outreach initiatives.”
About the Ad Astra Technology Summit
FlagshipKansas.Tech’s cutting-edge summit will be held on Monday, October 2, in Wichita with event partner Barton School of Business at Wichita State University’s iconic Woolsey Hall and Charles Koch Arena. It will feature a fireside chat with the legendary Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple Inc. and lifelong advocate of tech education. Bringing together educators, industry startups, professionals and leaders, government officials, and tech enthusiasts, attendees will explore and address current technology issues in various informative sessions.
The summit embraces the future of education while fueling the growth of Kansas’ thriving tech sector. Educators will dive into immersive sessions focused on new pedagogy for computational thinking in K-2, Primary, and Secondary classrooms. They’ll gain invaluable insights into how tech concepts can empower students and equip them with the skills they need to thrive in the digital era.
This summit is a gateway for educators to build a network of influential professionals, visionary entrepreneurs, and forward-thinking government officials.
“Educators will connect with industry leaders, exchange ideas, and unlock doors to exciting opportunities, which is particularly valuable for rural teachers where these resources may be less accessible,” said Megan Harper, FlagshipKansas.Tech Vice-Chair and Twin Valley Director of Marketing & Sales. “They’ll gain fresh perspectives on the jobs of the future and make valuable connections that will shape their teaching journey.”
This game-changing summit is dedicated to advancing Kansas’ tech sector growth and empowering educators. To learn more about the Ad Astra Technology Summit, visit adastrasummit.tech.
Twin Valley Teacher Scholarship Recipients
2023 Ad Astra Technology Summit
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About Twin Valley
Twin Valley is a fourth-generation family business that has over 80 years’ experience providing cutting-edge technology and connectivity throughout the central U.S. Twin Valley helps customers unlock possibilities to realize their full potential by providing a unique combination of broadband, managed IT services, technology consulting, professional services, and cloud/data center solutions for both residential and business customers.
Twin Valley made a Pledge to their communities and customers, always striving to provide the most reliable broadband network, the best value for internet, local hometown customer service and meaningful community outreach initiatives. Learn more at twinvalley.com/pledge.
About MP Nexlevel
MP was founded in 1973 and started by offering excavation services locally in Minnesota. For 5 decades, MP Nexlevel has offered expertise in planning, installation and maintenance of overhead and underground infrastructure work. Our comprehensive services of directional drilling, plowing, trenching, aerial, splicing/testing and more cover the entire spectrum of overhead and underground infrastructure installation and maintenance. Our experienced team has strong leadership to support the men and women in the field who have the qualifications, certifications and technical training to meet and exceed our customer needs.
MP is now Powered by APi Group and provides COMPLETE SOLUTIONS for maintenance, rebuilds and new builds in the Communication, Power and Gas markets. We work throughout the United States with permanent offices in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Texas, California, and Arizona.
MP Nexlevel takes pride in delivering quality work, safely, on time, and within budget. We strive to exceed our customer’s expectations with every project.
No matter the continued growth of the company, MP values each and every one of our employees, customers and partners, giving the company more of a “family feel,” making us strong, resilient, and successful.
“Providing the right solutions from conception to completion so you can focus on your core business. We make your life easier.”
Purpose: Connecting People
FlagshipKansas.Tech is a nonprofit organization that brings together Kansas technology companies to shine a light on the depth of skill, ingenuity, and innovation running through our cities and communities. Current goals include raising awareness, attracting and retaining technology talent, and supporting technology workforce training and education. Learn more at flagshipkansas.tech.