Above photo: Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn observing a group of students working on digital devices in the JA Academy, Oak Ridge High School.
In our increasingly digital economy, no child should miss out on quality education because of their socioeconomic status. That’s why Bright House Networks is rolling up its sleeves and taking action to make sure that kids in Orlando’s Orange County Public School (OCPS) district have the technology and resources they need to succeed in today’s digital age.
In mid-September, Marva Johnson, Bright House Networks’ Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs, visited with officials from Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) at Orlando’s Oak Ridge High School and announced the launch of its Connect2Compete (C2C) in OCPS. Bright House Network’s C2C Program provides discounted High Speed Internet and low-cost computers to eligible families.
The Federal Communication Commission’s Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn also attended the event, and commemorated Bright House Networks’ C2C Program and its efforts to bridge the digital gap in some communities. Clyburn shared the importance of initiatives like C2C and reminded attendees that broadband has the “potential to be the great equalizer.”
Johnson and Clyburn also took a tour of Oak Ridge’s Junior Achievement Technology Center, a program that teaches students leadership and entrepreneurial skills through an integrated and challenging high school curriculum, to see first-hand technology impacts curriculum and engages students.
Leigh Ann Bradshaw, Principal at Oak Ridge High School, commented about the visit, “We appreciate the opportunity share our vision for digital curriculum and have leaders see the academic excellence at Oak Ridge HS. It was important for us to share and hear about governmental issues that can impact us and we are strongly focusing on equity and access at Oak Ridge.”
Triston Timbs, Tech Coordinator, Oak Ridge, continued, “We really appreciate Bright House Networks robust support, and in the near future we’ll be supporting over 800 iPads in our school.”
With programs like Connect2Compete, that give students access to cutting edge education technology, regardless of their geographic or socioeconomic background, soon the educational playing field be more equal.
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