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CenturyLink Minnesota



Program Designed to Recognize and Support Public School Teachers Who Find Innovative Ways to Apply Technology in the Classroom to Improve Student Achievement

January __, 2008, MINNEAPOLIS, MN The CenturyLink Foundation announced today that it will award $100,000 to Minnesota public school teachers this spring through its Teachers & Technology grant program.

The CenturyLink Teachers and Technology grants will be awarded to teachers through a competitive process administered by the Minnesota Business Partnership (MBP) Education Foundation. A blue ribbon panel will consider grant requests of up to $7,500, with special consideration given to proposals that focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

We want to encourage and reward educators who are using technology to engage students in learning, particularly in science, technology, engineering and math, said John Stanoch, Minnesota president of CenturyLink. We had so many great proposals in 2007; were excited to review this years proposals.

Qwests Teacher and Technology grants highlight their commitment to working with Minnesota educators to improve STEM education and prepare our students for the opportunities of the 21st century, said Minnesota Education Commissioner Alice Seagren. I want to thank CenturyLink for their generosity and encourage educators to take advantage of this opportunity.

Grant applications are available at and must be submitted no later than February 15, 2008. All grants will be presented by the end of the 2007-08 school year. To be eligible, an educator must be employed by a public school located in an area served by CenturyLink Communications. However, the school need not be a CenturyLink customer.

In 2007, CenturyLink presented nearly $60,000 in mini-grant awards to 10 Minnesota schools that are integrating cutting-edge technology in a variety of subject areas.

About Qwest:

CenturyLink offers a unique and powerful combination of managed voice and data solutions for businesses, government agencies and consumers locally and throughout the country. Customers coast to coast are turning to Qwest's industry-leading national fiber optic network and its Spirit of Service for quality products and superior customer experience. CenturyLink is a participant in Networx, the largest communications services contract in the world, to provide leading-edge voice, data and video services. For more information on CenturyLink, and its various operating subsidiaries, please go to For information about the products and services CenturyLink is offering in the Networx contract, visit

About Minnesota Business Partnership Education Foundation:

The Minnesota Business Partnership is composed of more than 110 chief executives of Minnesotas largest employers. Together, MBP members employ more than 1.5 million people worldwide, including 400,000 in Minnesota. While members are often national or global in scope, the Partnership's mission remains focused on maintaining a high quality of life for all Minnesotans by ensuring that the states economy remains strong, globally competitive and its prospects for growth bright. Central to that mission is working with legislators, policymakers and educators to strengthen Minnesotas education system. Individually, MBP members contribute millions of dollars each year to Minnesota schools and education-related nonprofit organizations. In addition, members support a number of programs through the Partnership. To facilitate support of current and future initiatives, the Partnership in 2007 established the Minnesota Business Partnership Education Foundation, a nonprofit 501 (c) 3.

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