Comcast Awards Miami Dade College $100,000 Grant to Advance Digital Equity

Grant will fund new program to train students and community members to facilitate digital adoption in Miami-Dade County

MIAMI – July 12, 2022 – Comcast today announced it has awarded a $100,000 grant to Miami Dade College (MDC) as part of its digital adoption initiative, aimed at bridging the digital divide and increasing digital equity in southern communities. from Florida.

The grant will be used to teach MDC students to become Digital browsers, people affiliated with trusted community organizations who are trained to help people access the internet, use devices and develop digital skills. Upon completion of their training, new MDC Digital Navigators will begin working in South Florida communities with low digital adoption. Members of community organizations will also be trained to become digital instructors to deliver digital literacy courses to their clients and communities.

Miami-Dade County is estimated to have the third highest percentage of households without an internet subscription (20.5%),* making it necessary to increase access to digital literacy in underserved and underserved areas. -developed.

“It’s very exciting to see Miami-Dade County being recognized as a hub of technology development, innovation and creativity, but there are too many people in our community who are still unable to to take full advantage of digital resources,” Miami-Dade said. County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “We are grateful for Comcast’s support to help improve digital adoption and build digital literacy skills in our community – and nowhere better to host this initiative than Miami Dade College, which is committed to fostering the ‘digital equity’.

“Solving complex issues plaguing our communities, like digital inequality and lack of internet access, requires collaboration and ingenuity,” said Miami Dade College President Madeline Pumariega. “Miami Dade College is proud to work with Comcast, one of the world’s largest technology companies, on the new Digital Navigators program. This unique initiative gives our students the opportunity to not only learn more about a real-world problem, but to immediately use their newly acquired knowledge and skills to help solve it in their communities. »

Scheduled to launch this fall, the Digital Navigators program will provide participating students with the tools to bridge the digital divide in unconnected neighborhoods and households, including instruction from highly trained digital instructors, free classes, hours of service learning program and a $250 stipend. Students will show residents how they can go online to discover and access essential resources and benefits, including food support, government assistance programs, employment opportunities and more.

Funding follows announcement of one national study by the Boston Consulting Group, which found that digital browsers are key to bridging the digital divide and reducing socioeconomic inequality by helping more people get online.

The study surveyed 1,500 people across the country who received support from a digital navigator. With the support of these digital social workers:

  • Over 65% of survey respondents said they obtained internet access or a computer or tablet at home; among Hispanics and Black Americans, that figure rose to 72%.
  • More than 85 percent of all respondents said they used the Internet more frequently.
  • Almost half interviewed got better health careand 40 percent received support for basic needs such as food, rent and housing.
  • 1 of 3 found a new job Where earned a higher income.

“Since we launched our Internet Essentials program more than a decade ago, we knew that providing internet access for unconnected homes was just the beginning,” said Javier Garcia, senior vice president of sales. and marketing from Comcast in Florida. “Making sure people understand how to get the most out of all that the internet has to offer is just as essential. Now, with the Digital Navigators program, we are taking another important step to engage directly with those in need and continue to make progress in bridging the digital divide.

Digital Navigators is part of Project UP, Comcast’s comprehensive, billion-dollar initiative to advance digital equity over the next ten years and reach millions of people with the skills, opportunities, and resources they need to succeed in a increasingly digital world.

*Data from FIU Jorge M Perez Metropolitan Center, “South Florida’s Digital Divide”. Updated May 2020.

About Internet Essentials

In 2011, Comcast launched Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most successful private sector low-income broadband adoption program; since its launch, it has connected more than 10 million people to the internet at home, most of them for the very first time. It recently launched Internet Essentials Plus, a service that includes high-speed Internet, a cable modem, access to millions of Wi-Fi hotspots, and unlimited data for $29.95 per month. Any Xfinity customer in all Comcast markets who qualifies for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) can apply their $30 credit to their monthly Internet and/or Xfinity Mobile bill. Customers can visit http://www.xfinity.com/acp or call 844-389-4681 for more information, to determine eligibility and to register. A dedicated ACP Registration and Support Center is available from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. daily, with multilingual capabilities to assist anyone interested in the program.

About Comcast

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with three core businesses: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal and Sky. Comcast Cable is one of the largest providers of broadband Internet, video and telephony in the United States for residential customers under the Xfinity brand and provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless, security and automation services to residential customers under the Xfinity brand. NBCUniversal is global and operates cable news, entertainment and sports networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television channel groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Sky is one of Europe’s leading media and entertainment companies, connecting its customers to a wide range of video content through its pay-TV services. It also provides communications services, including residential high-speed Internet, telephone and wireless services. Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and the sports and entertainment networks, produces original content and holds exclusive content rights. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

About Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College is the most diverse institution in the country. With 167 nations and 63 languages ​​represented in its student body, the college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree pathways, including associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, career certificates, and apprenticeships. . Bachelor’s degree offerings include biological sciences, engineering, data analytics, information systems technology, education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, assistant studies medical, cinema and others. MDC is the recipient of numerous national awards, including the Aspen Award. As Democracy’s College, MDC changes lives through accessible, high-quality teaching and learning experiences. It is home to the Miami Culinary Institute, Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex, Miami Fashion Institute, Eig-Watson School of Aviation, The Idea Center, Cybersecurity Center of the Americas, Cloud Computing Center, Center for Learning, innovation and simulation, the School for Advanced Studies and the New World School of the Arts, to name just a few of its most innovative programs. MDC has been named one of the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” since the program’s inception. The College embraces its responsibility to serve as an economic, cultural and civic leader for the advancement of our diverse global community. Its alumni and employees contribute more than $3 billion a year to the local economy, and MDC graduates hold leadership positions in every major industry. The MDC is renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home to the Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, Miami Freedom Tower National Historic Landmark, Tower Theater, Dyer Building, Koubek Center Mansion and Gardens, Live Arts Miami at MDC, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, the Museum of Art and Design, a sculpture park, and a major art gallery and theater system on campus. MDC has admitted over 2.5 million students and has since its opening in 1960. Approximately 120,000 students are currently enrolled. For more information, visit www.mdc.edu.

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