Serving our community is centered around advancing educational equity for underrepresented groups and building our long-term recruiting pipeline. Three focus areas (described below) have been identified for achieving these objectives and furthering our priority of demonstrating social responsibility. Here is a snapshot of what we have been able to accomplish thus far.
Increasing Education Equity in Our Community
Partnering with the Education Foundation, we support local Title 1 schools and their students through the Backpack Program and Red Apple Store. In 2022, NCCI hosted the Red Apple Store to support 253 teachers in 35 Title 1 schools across Palm Beach County, and the Backpack Program supported two schools with over 1,300 backpacks filled with supplies by NCCI volunteers.
The Digital Inclusion Program provides Wi-Fi extenders to ensure school children have internet access. Since 2021, NCCI volunteers have configured 2,400 Wi-Fi extenders.
Support STEM Programs for Underrepresented Groups
In the math area, we've partnered with Math Motivators tutoring program at Village Academy in Delray Beach and Royal Palm Beach High School. In support of this program, 20 NCCI employees have volunteered more than 200 hours.
In the technology area, we have partnered with the Milagro Center to create a WINS (Women in STEM) program. The WINS program is an informative and engaging view into the technology field for middle and high school girls. To date, 20 WINS sessions have been delivered by program volunteers.
Expand Engagement with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
We are building upon Talent Acquisition's existing diversity recruiting efforts by enhancing our social media focus, engaging employees to be part of our campus recruiting activities, and expanding our internship opportunities. In addition to other schools, we have collaborated with three Florida-based HBCUs in 2021 and 2022—Florida A&M University, Florida Memorial University, and Bethune Cookman University.
Making a Difference Through STEM Education
In the first two years of launching the WINS Program, the team has conducted more than 20 in-person sessions and has expanded the program to include middle schoolers. NCCI also hosted a summer field trip and provided a day of learning and interactive sessions with employees across the company.