Google Makes $100K Investment to Scale MentorNet's National STEM Mentoring Program November 14, 2013

Silicon Valley based MentorNet a national 501c3 leveraging technology to facilitate high-quality virtual mentoring relationships between STEM students in higher education with professionals working in STEM fields announced a $100,000 donation from Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today.

Google's investment will support the national growth of MentorNet's mentoring network in order to provide all aspiring STEM students -- especially women and minorities -- with the support they need to persist in completing a STEM degree and launching a STEM career.

"We acknowledge the lack of role models for minorities and women on college campuses in computer science and engineering departments and value MentorNet's sophisticated matching platform that helps students to

identify someone "like me" within a professional setting," said Maggie Johnson, Director of Education and for two important reasons" said MentorNet CEO, Dr. Mary Fernandez. "First, Google understands the importance of mentorship for retention of STEM talent and career development. At Google every Noogler (a new Google employee) is assigned a mentor on their first day. Mentors play a big role in helping the Noogler acclimate to their new work environment. They support the Noogler until they feel completely comfortable and continue as a direct resource for future needs. That's exactly what MentorNet strives for in providing mentors to STEM students in higher education. Second, Google+ will be a great tool for MentorNet to better connect protégés and professionals – via chat, hangouts, and on mobile devices."

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