Spectrum and the Urban League of Greater Madison hosted a press conference on Monday joined by State Sen.rKelda Roys and State Rep. Shelia Stubbs to advocate for the importance of digital literacy while presenting the Urban League of Greater Madison with a $35,000 Spectrum Digital Education Grant.
The event took place during the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) “Call to Action” week. The ACP is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to make quality, high-speed internet service available at a low — or even no — cost to eligible families in financial need. Spectrum has participated in the program since day one, and all Spectrum Internet plans are eligible for ACP credits.
“The Urban League of Greater Madison is excited for this renewed commitment from Spectrum to support our digital literacy efforts,” said Urban League of Greater Madison President & CEO Dr. Ruben L. Anthony, Jr. in a statement. “Because of Spectrum’s generous support in the past, more than 500 unemployed and underemployed adults have learned digital skills leading to better employment and thousands of hours of access to Internet-enabled computers have been made available to community members who lack that access. With this new grant, we will be able to add more computers for job-seeking and other activities and enhance our digital education curriculum to align with new technology skills sought by employers such as virtual work skills with at least 300 adults and 100 youth increasing their skills and readiness for today’s high tech workplaces.”
The grant is part of Spectrum’s six-year, $8 million commitment to promote digital education and broadband technology in communities across the country.
Urban League of Madison is using the funding to further its “ADVANCE Employment Services” program, which focuses on offering both youth and adults digital work readiness training along with vocational skills to ready them for the workforce, according to a press release from the ULGM. The $35,000 grant is the third Spectrum Digital Education grant in five years for the Urban League of Madison, bringing total Spectrum support for the organization to $90,000.
“In our online world, digital skills are critical to navigating everything from finding a job, to going to school, to buying groceries – yet too many families still have not adopted internet at home,” said Rahman Kahn, Vice President of Community Impact for Charter Communications, Inc., which operates the Spectrum brand of Internet, Mobile, TV and Voice services. “As one of the largest internet providers in the U.S., Spectrum is committed to supporting local initiatives like the Urban League that promote digital literacy and inclusion and help educate to community members in the Madison area about the value of adopting broadband in their lives so they can succeed in today’s connected society.”