Bibb Students Can Get Computers, Web Access

3:11 PM, Nov 26, 2012   |    comments
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Bibb County students in 21 schools have the opportunity to apply for low-cost internet service and and an inexpensive PC. 

Eligible students in 21 schools will have access to "reduced-cost Internet service, affordable computers, and free digital literacy training" thanks to a national pilot program called Connect2Compete.

Connect2Compete is a partnership between the Knight Foundation, Cox Communications and Redentech.

Eligible families will be able to purchase Internet service for $9.95 per month with Cox and buy a computer for $150 through GoodPC.

"Eligible" means that the family will have a student enrolled in the National Free School Lunch Program and to benefit from the Internet service, the family cannot currently have Cox internet service or have an unpaid balance with Cox.

In the news release, Bibb school superintendent Romand Dallemand said: "I am delighted with the Connect2Compete initiative because it helps make online learning a more affordable option for many families here in Bibb County." 

"It is exactly the type of opportunity I envisioned as we were developing our strategic plan, 'The Macon Miracle,' because a student who does not have a quality computer and reliable Internet access at home, is at a distinct disadvantage when compared to their peers. This initiative offers inexpensive ways to tear down those barriers."

The pilot project ends December 15.

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