By Special to the Daily World
In conjunction with Clark Atlanta University (CAU), Verizon Wireless recently announced the opening of a new retail location on the CAU campus, located in the main lobby of the Cornelius L. Henderson Student Center. This strategic partnership is designed to give CAU students valuable business experience in the wireless industry, elevating Atlanta’s base of experienced knowledge-industry employees.
This retail location — which is operated by ACI Telcom — employs students of the university and offers customers a hands-on experience with the latest and most innovative wireless products and services. The new site is open for business. Representatives from Verizon Wireless, ACI Telcom, CAU and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce were on site recently for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“This collaboration with such a prestigious university as Clark Atlanta gives us a wonderful opportunity to help train the businessmen and women of tomorrow who will soon be entering the corporate workforce. In addition, the new retail location offers students the convenience of on-campus shopping for their wireless needs and allows us to reach a very dynamic audience,” said Leroy Williams, vice president- marketing for Verizon Wireless, South Area.
“Through our continued expansion of retail locations such as this one, Verizon Wireless exemplifies its commitment to providing our customers throughout Georgia with a unique and engaging shopping experience.”
“We are proud of our trend-setting partnership with Verizon Wireless and Clark Atlanta University, one of the finest HBCU institutions in the country,” explained Michael Steele, president of ACI Telcom. “The innovation of this program sets the tone for the future of multicultural retail marketing.”
In honor of the partnership with CAU, Verizon Wireless also announced a $10,000 HopeLineSM grant to the school’s Call to True Beauty campaign, the university’s annual advocacy, education and prevention campaign against dating and domestic violence.
With domestic violence at an all-time high, the Call to True Beauty campaign is critically important because it includes a commitment to address domestic violence through training student leaders, equipping them with best practices and preparing them for service in this realm.
“We are very excited Verizon Wireless will now have an on-campus presence at our school,” said Carlton Brown, president of Clark Atlanta University. “By committing to employ Clark Atlanta students, our young people get real business experience with a Fortune 10 company while in the process of completing their education. That will translate into to better job opportunities later.”
The Verizon Wireless/ACI Telcom retail location at CAU is open Monday through Friday, noon – 8 p.m. and offers a premier line of digital wireless phones and tablets in all price ranges, data services and accessories. The store is open to the public and community as well.