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February 12, 2018

AT&T/Sinclair Teen Hackathon

Posted by AT&T Ohio Team

Sinclair Community College’s Dr. Mike Libassi (L) and AT&T Ohio External Affairs Director Mark Romito (R) congratulate Chey Reumann, Timmy Fannin, Chris Napper and Alex Sams of Hamilton High School on winning first place in the AT&T/Sinclair Teen Hackathon Unmanned Aircraft Division.  

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February 01, 2018

Congress needs to establish an 'Internet Bill of Rights'

Posted by Adam Grzybicki

You've heard a lot about net neutrality in the news lately.

I want to share with you AT&T's perspective on the issue.

You should know that AT&T is committed to an open internet. We don't block websites. We don't censor online content. And we don't throttle, discriminate, or degrade network performance based on content. Period.

We favor federal legislation to ensure that there is one set of rules that applies to all internet companies, and includes internet and privacy protections for consumers.

A patchwork of different state rules would confuse consumers, harm competition, and impede innovation and investment.

Congress needs to act to establish an "Internet Bill of Rights" that applies to all internet companies and guarantees neutrality, transparency, openness, non-discrimination and privacy protection for all internet users.

For more information, I wanted you to see the open letter that our Chairman shared recently in major national newspapers.

Sincerely,

Adam A. Grzybicki
President, AT&T Ohio


Consumers Need an Internet Bill of Rights

Government rules for the internet have been debated for nearly as long as the internet has existed, even before a professor coined the term “net neutrality” 15 years ago.

The internet has changed our lives and grown beyond what anyone could have imagined. And it’s done so, for the most part, with very few—but often changing—rules. Regulators under four different presidents have taken four different approaches. Courts have overturned regulatory decisions. Regulators have reversed their predecessors. And because the internet is so critical to everyone, it’s understandably confusing and a bit concerning when you hear the rules have recently changed, yet again.

It is time for Congress to end the debate once and for all, by writing new laws that govern the internet and protect consumers.

Until they do, I want to make clear what you can expect from AT&T.

AT&T is committed to an open internet. We don’t block websites. We don’t censor online content. And we don’t throttle, discriminate, or degrade network performance based on content. Period.

We have publicly committed to these principles for over 10 years. And we will continue to abide by them in providing our customers the open internet experience they have come to expect.

But the commitment of one company is not enough. Congressional action is needed to establish an “Internet Bill of Rights” that applies to all internet companies and guarantees neutrality, transparency, openness, non-discrimination and privacy protection for all internet users.

Legislation would not only ensure consumers’ rights are protected, but it would provide consistent rules of the road for all internet companies across all websites, content, devices and applications. In the very near future, technological advances like self-driving cars, remote surgery and augmented reality will demand even greater performance from the internet. Without predictable rules for how the internet works, it will be difficult to meet the demands of these new technology advances.

That’s why we intend to work with Congress, other internet companies and consumer groups in the coming months to push for an “Internet Bill of Rights” that permanently protects the open internet for all users and encourages continued investment for the next generation of internet innovation.

Randall Stephenson
AT&T Chairman and CEO

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December 07, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Posted by Adam Grzybicki

We are closing out the year just the way we started it: connecting people to opportunity. From connecting first responders to one another, connecting students to academic training, or even connecting Buckeyes to cyber security resources, at its core, this is what all of us at AT&T do every day. I am so proud of what we have accomplished this year in Ohio, and as I look forward to 2018 I am excited for what is to come. But before we get to January, I want to wish all of you, your family and your friends a happy holiday season and a happy New Year!


Sincerely,

Adam Grzybicki
President — AT&T Ohio


FirstNet, AT&T to revolutionize emergency services in Ohio

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Ohio is advancing communications for first responders. FirstNet and AT&T will deliver a wireless broadband network to the state's public safety community. FirstNet will bring advanced technologies that will help Ohio's first responders save lives and protect communities.

The decision to bring FirstNet to Ohio's public safety community will revolutionize emergency services across the Buckeye State," said FirstNet CEO Mike Poth. "The network will provide first responders with the speed, reliability and bandwidth they need to take full advantage of new technologies and innovation. FirstNet looks forward to continuing to work with the state to ensure the network meets public safety's needs, enabling them to collaborate and communicate seamlessly, every day and in every emergency."

AT&T, in a public-private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for Ohio's public safety community at no cost to the state. The FirstNet network will drive innovation and create an entire system of modernized devices, apps and tools for first responders.

FirstNet will enhance the way Ohio's fire, police, EMS and other public safety personnel communicate and share information. Learn more here.

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December 06, 2017

AT&T Aspire Helping Students Overcome Hurdles to Higher Ed

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Quickstart

Just after Thanksgiving, we made an AT&T Aspire contribution to Zane State College (ZSC) for its QuickStart Program, a free, 8-week course designed to help first generation, underserved high school students and GED graduates overcome their reservations about enrolling in college.

QuickStart offers students a risk-free college experience with no financial obligations. Students earn 2 free college credits upon successful completion of the program and have the opportunity to enroll in 2 ZSC courses. The AT&T Aspire contribution will go toward the purchase of classroom tools and electronics for those enrolled in QuickStart.

“This is a great program to reach some of our most vulnerable young people,” said State Rep. Brian Hill, who participated in the announcement of the AT&T Aspire funding. “Educational programs like these ensure that students are prepared for higher education, leading to success in college, careers and life.”

New QuickStart classes begin on Feb. 5, 2018.

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December 05, 2017

Pioneer Pride

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Pioneer PrideWithin our company, we’re very familiar — and proud — of the many ways our AT&T Pioneers make a difference in our communities.

However, it’s not often that someone outside the company comes to us and says, “we value their efforts, too. Can we recognize your outstanding volunteers?”

But that’s just what happened in Cleveland recently. City of Cleveland Councilmember Blaine Griffin issued a Resolution of Appreciation for the Northeast Council of the AT&T Pioneers for “their many years of outstanding service, dedication and contributions to the Greater Cleveland community.”

Noting that this Pioneers council encompasses Cleveland, Akron, Canton and Youngstown, the resolution highlighted the Pioneers’ work and contributions to the Ronald McDonald House, the Cleveland Food Bank, Cleveland Kids Book Bank, Project Hope and Make a Wish Foundation, among others.

Thank you to Councilmember Griffin, and all of the councilmembers who signed on to the resolution, for honoring this great organization of AT&T employees and retirees. We share your Buckeye pride!

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December 04, 2017

Don't be One of the 5%

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Five percent of consumers in the U.S. text their passwords to their accounts (not a good idea) … 5% of consumers use consecutive letters or numbers for their passwords (you might as well text those passwords to the bad guys in the first place) … 5% of consumers provide their personal or financial info to an email sender without verifying who they are.

The good news is that most Americans know that these are things we should not be doing online if we want to protect ourselves. The challenge is that the crooks are getting smarter, making it harder for consumers to know what to do to protect themselves online. That’s why AT&T just launched att.com/CyberAware.

Bookmark — and regularly visit — this site to learn about the latest tips for protecting yourself and your family, and stay up to date on the latest threats. From ID theft, to malware to robocalls and other concerns, we’ve put the resources all in one place.

*FleishmanHillard survey, on behalf of AT&T, of 1,020 American consumers age 18 and older online between Sept. 28 and Oct. 1, 2017

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November 30, 2017

Ohio to Enhance Communications for Public Safety with Approved Buildout Plan for First Responder Network

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First-of-its-Kind Solution Will Modernize Public Safety Communications across Ohio

Ohio is advancing communications for first responders. FirstNet and AT&T* will deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public safety community. FirstNet will bring advanced technologies that will help Ohio’s first responders save lives and protect communities.

The decision to bring FirstNet to Ohio’s public safety community will revolutionize emergency services across the Buckeye State,” said FirstNet CEO Mike Poth. “The network will provide first responders with the speed, reliability and bandwidth they need to take full advantage of new technologies and innovation. FirstNet looks forward to continuing to work with the state to ensure the network meets public safety’s needs, enabling them to collaborate and communicate seamlessly, every day and in every emergency.”

AT&T, in a public-private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for Ohio’s public safety community at no cost to the state. The FirstNet network will drive innovation and create an entire system of modernized devices, apps and tools for first responders.

FirstNet will enhance the way Ohio’s fire, police, EMS and other public safety personnel communicate and share information. Specifically, it will:

arrowqConnect first responder subscribers to the critical information they need in a highly secure manner when handling day-to-day operations, responding to emergencies and supporting large events.

arrowqCreate an efficient communications experience for public safety personnel in agencies and jurisdictions across the state when responding to natural disasters that occur such as severe winter snow and ice storms, tornadoes and flooding.

arrowqEnhance network coverage across Ohio’s diverse landscape, benefitting first responders and residents throughout the state’s rural areas.

arrowqDrive infrastructure investments and create jobs across the state.

arrowqUsher in a new wave of dependable innovations for first responders. This will create an ever-evolving set of life-saving tools for public safety, including public safety apps, specialized devices and Internet of Things technologies. It also carries the potential for future integration with NextGen 9-1-1 networks and Smart Cities’ infrastructure.

FirstNet and AT&T designed Ohio’s network solution with direct input from the state’s public safety community. FirstNet has been meeting with Ohio’s officials and public safety personnel for several years to address their unique communication needs. These include expanding rural coverage beyond what is currently available and offering specialized services and devices at competitive prices.

“As evidenced by Ohio’s thoughtful consideration and decisive action, public safety is a top priority here in the state,” said AT&T Ohio President Adam Grzybicki. “First responders will now have immediate access to FirstNet’s life-saving communications tools, and we’re proud to support them in their mission to serve Ohio’s residents, day in and day out, for the next 25 years.” 

The decision enables FirstNet and AT&T to begin creating an entirely new wireless ecosystem for public safety communications. Ohio’s first responder subscribers will have immediate access to quality of service and priority to voice and data across the existing nationwide AT&T LTE network.

Preemption for primary users over the AT&T LTE network is expected by year-end. This means fire, police, EMS and other public safety workers will have dedicated access to the network when and where they need it – 24/7/365, like their mission.

For more information on FirstNet, please go to FirstNet.gov/mediakit and att.com/FirstResponderNews. For more about the value FirstNet will bring to public safety, please go to FirstNet.com.

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November 01, 2017

Join me this Veterans Day to Thank Our Heroes

Posted by Adam Grzybicki

Veterans Day is a day of reflection. Reflecting on our country’s past. Reflecting on where we are today. And, most importantly, reflecting on those who fought for our freedoms.

AT&T has a long history of supporting our military and First Responders. We’ve committed to hiring 20,000 veterans by the year 2020. We’re also using our talents to construct a public safety broadband network called FirstNet to connect our First Responders in new ways.

On Veterans Day and every day, we are thankful for our service members.

Join me this Veterans Day in thanking our heroes for their bravery and sacrifices.

Veterans day

To join us in thanking a veteran or military family, share a photo, video or a simple note of gratitude on social media using #ThankOurHeroes.

We are proud to join our voices together with a message to veterans: thank you for your service!


Sincerely,

Adam Gryzbicki
President— AT&T Ohio

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October 24, 2017

Fixed Wireless Internet launches in areas of rural Ohio

Posted by AT&T Ohio Team

fixed wirelessAT&T Fixed Wireless Internet is now available in parts of Gallia County for rural homes and small businesses that may have limited or no access to internet.

These locations are included in the locations in Ohio to which AT&T has extended Fixed Wireless Internet as part of its FCC Connect America Fund commitment.

In August 2015, AT&T accepted about $427 million per year in Federal Connect America Fund Phase II (CAFII) support for each of the next 6 years. These funds will be used in 18 states for deploying, maintaining and offering internet access and voice service in FCC-identified census blocks located within AT&T’s traditional exchange areas.

From 2015-2020, AT&T Ohio will have received more than $88 million in CAF II to offer internet access to more than 37,000 mostly rural homes and small businesses that may have limited or no access to internet.

“It’s no secret that ensuring internet access for all of our citizens can be challenging,” said State Rep. Ryan Smith, who joined us in Gallipolis for the Fixed Wireless Internet announcement. “Fortunately, with this news from AT&T, more homes and businesses will be connected, which will benefit job growth, commercial opportunities and education.”

With this initial offering, Fixed Wireless Internet is available today in parts of rural communities throughout Ohio. For more information on Fixed Wireless Internet from AT&T, visit att.com/internet/fixed-wireless.html or call 877-990-0041.

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October 23, 2017

Columbus high school’s work-study program gets boost from AT&T

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AT&T Ohio is proud to be working with Cristo Rey Columbus High School through its Professional Work-Study Program. A national educational model in which businesses invest in student workers to make college-preparatory education possible for students with economic need, this program allows businesses to fill entry-level clerical positions, and provides students with the ability to earn a significant portion of the cost of their private education while gaining professional work experience.

AT&T has collaborated with the YMCA of Central Ohio to provide on-site work experiences for 4 Cristo Rey students. The YMCA is where students will receive their day-to-day professional experiences; they will occasionally be joining AT&T employees for job shadowing and special events.

Students who are participating in the program tell us they are interested in learning about “business professionalism” and social skills, among other things. Their college goals include attending The Ohio State University and Georgetown University and studying pediatric physical therapy and forensic science.

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October 22, 2017

Adult students at NSCC to benefit from AT&T Aspire

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NSCC

AT&T recently awarded Northwest State Community College a $15,000 AT&T Aspire contribution. The college will be utilizing its funding to provide much-needed financial assistance to 5 adult students who have completed at least 12 credit hours apiece at NSCC.

State Rep. Rob McColley joined AT&T for the announcement of the funding. He praised both Northwest State and our company, saying the financial assistance could have a lasting, positive impact on talent retention and workforce development in the area.

NSCC students and faculty provided guests at the Oct. 16 AT&T Aspire announcement with a demonstration of some prosthetics that students have been working on, using a 3-D printer.

AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education — through technology, social innovation and relationships — to ensure all students have the skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.

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October 21, 2017

AT&T Ohio Pioneers back Friendly House with backpacks

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Pioneers

Friendly House Mansfield was the recent recipient of 50 backpacks filled with school supplies gathered by our AT&T Pioneers.

Friendly House, a United Way agency, is a community center that has been serving Richland County since 1899. State Senate President Larry Obhof was on hand for the backpack delivery, and he commended the Pioneers for their continued commitment to the Richland County community.

“It’s important to make sure all of our children have the materials and support they need to succeed in school,” Obhof said.

Our AT&T Pioneers are part of the world's largest group of industry-specific employees and retirees dedicated to community service. They volunteer more than 15 million hours annually responding to the individual needs of their communities.

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August 22, 2017

Scholarships awarded and a website to help students get back in the groove

Posted by AT&T Ohio

Dear Friends,

I am excited to share with you the current edition of the AT&T Ohio eNewsletter, which highlights our latest initiatives in the state. 

As always, we welcome your feedback. Please contact me at ohatt@connected.att-mail.com if you have any comments or questions.

Sincerely,

Adam Grzybicki
President — AT&T Ohio


AT&T provides scholarship to Hispanic students at Cuyahoga Community College

Cuyahoga Community College Scholarship

AT&T* announced a $75,000 contribution to Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) at the recent 2017 Hispanic Scholarship Luncheon. The contribution was made in an effort to provide scholarships to more than 100 Latino students at Tri-C. The scholarship honors academic achievement while assisting students with ongoing college expenses.

The Tri-C Foundation established the special scholarship fund in 2003 to provide financial assistance to Latino students through an application process. The scholarships awarded will be available for students to use during the 2017-2018 school year, and they are awarded through the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation.

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August 21, 2017

AT&T Releases Annual Citizenship and Sustainability Report

Posted by AT&T Ohio

AT&T has released its 2016 Annual Sustainability Update and 28 associated issue briefs. The report highlights the progress our company is making through a variety of citizenship and sustainability initiatives designed to help the individuals, communities and environments that need it most.

Check out some additional highlights from the report:


 AT&T Annual Citizenship and Sustainability Report

 


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August 20, 2017

AT&T Virtual Reality Simulator Tour collaborates with Cincinnati Police Department

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AT&T research shows that 7-in-10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving.1 People are doing much more than just texting from behind the wheel. They’re checking email, posting on social media, and even snapping selfies.

To drive home the message, AT&T brought a virtual reality simulator to the Cincinnati Police District Two National Night Out gathering. Visitors were able to safely experience firsthand how dangerous it is to take their eyes off the road and glance at a phone. AT&T IT CAN WAIT campaign

The experience is part of the AT&T IT CAN WAIT campaign, which urges drivers to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phones because distracted driving is never OK. The campaign began with a focus on not texting and driving. It has now expanded to the broader dangers of smartphone use behind the wheel.

Since its launch in 2010, the campaign has:

ArrowHelped grow awareness of the dangers of smartphone distracted driving to nearly 90% of audiences surveyed.

ArrowInspired more than 14 million pledges not to drive distracted.

ArrowWorked with departments of transportation in Texas, Kentucky and other states on research that suggests a correlation between IT CAN WAIT campaign activities and a reduction in crashes.

ArrowCollaborated with AT&T data scientists on research that shows how statewide anti-texting laws impact the rate of texting while driving.

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1 Research commissioned by AT&T and conducted by Braun Research. Polled 2,067 people in the U.S. aged 16-65 who use their smartphone and drive at least once a day. Additional information available here.

August 19, 2017

Start the School Year Strong with the Khan Academy LearnStorm Challenge!

Posted by AT&T Ohio

Khan Academy As students swap out their beach bags for backpacks, it can be a tough transition back to the classroom after summer break. Some studies show that a full month of learning may be lost during this short period away from school.

Share Learnstorm

We want to help students get back in the groove. That’s why we’re teaming up with Khan Academy to help ensure that teachers and students have the tools needed to start the school year strong. Khan Academy’s LearnStorm is a free, 6-week online challenge from Sept. 12 to Oct. 20 that will help students build the skills and mindsets they’ll need for a successful year of learning.

LearnStorm is open to all learners in grades 3 through 12, with an enhanced experience for educators in accredited U.S. schools or homeschools who sign up their classes. Teachers or parents assign videos, exercises and educational articles to students. Students then complete the assignments on their computers or mobile devices to earn prizes individually, for their class and for their school!

Share LearnStorm with your student's teacher to get their classroom signed up today! You can also sign your child up for Khan Academy and have them complete the LearnStorm challenge on their own, starting Sept. 12.

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August 18, 2017

Small Cells: Preparing the future for wireless

Posted by AT&T Ohio

From January 2007 through December 2016, AT&T experienced a 250,000% increase in data usage on our network. And, as streaming video continues to become more prominent and new apps and services are introduced, this growth in data usage will continue to rise.

With this mounting pressure on the mobile network, AT&T is developing additional innovative ways to enhance its existing networks, prepare for the technologies of the future — such as 5G, smart cities and new developments in the Internet of Things (IoT) — and provide the best possible experience for our customers.

With these ends in mind, we need to make installing important infrastructure, such as “small cells,” easier. By providing more targeted network capacity, small cells can make the wireless internet we depend on faster and more reliable.Small Cells

Small cells help bring the network "closer" to its users to deliver increased data capacity, faster connectivity speeds and an overall better wireless experience.

As we work to expand and implement this new technology across our network, some will undoubtedly ask, “What does the future hold for high-speed wireless internet?” The possibilities are endless. With increased connectivity speeds and network capacity, small cell deployment will help enhance and support a host of innovative services, such as telemedicine, connected cars, distance learning, smart homes, smart farms and even entire Smart Cities, with each contributing to a stronger, more connected network.

In Ohio, AT&T is actively engaging with local governments across our state on the deployment of small cell infrastructure, working to provide the best possible experience today while laying the foundation for tomorrow’s wireless capabilities.

To learn more about AT&T’s leadership in the Internet of Things and Smart Cities evolution, please click here.

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August 01, 2017

Digital Drop-off Day is this Saturday, Aug. 19

Posted by AT&T Ohio

Dear Friends,

AT&T*, in collaboration with the Community Computer Alliance and the YMCA of Central Ohio, will host a Digital Drop-Off Day this Saturday, Aug. 19. YMCA locations across central Ohio will open their doors to accept donations of your used digital devices, which will be recycled or refurbished or given to a local family in need.**

To learn more, please follow along on social media at #DigtalDropDay.

Sincerely,
Christopher Wyche

**You are responsible for removing all confidential, proprietary, or personal information before dropping off your device. For information on how to remove, refer to the owner's manual or manufacturer's website.

Digital Drop Off Day

   

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July 07, 2017

Join our retail hiring event in Columbus!

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June 29, 2017

AT&T and CMHA Announce Udacity Nanodegree Scholarship Recipients

Posted by AT&T Ohio

AT&T, DigitalC, and the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) hosted an event to announce the award of the AT&T Aspire to Tech Udacity Nanodegree scholarships to six CMHA residents. The event also served as an opportunity to announce that the first group of 26 residents have completed digital literacy training at Cedar High Rise.

“I congratulate all of the scholarship winners on taking the first steps in furthering their education,” said Cleveland City Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland. “And I commend AT&T and CMHA for making these important programs available to our community.”

Nanodegree programs are self-paced, online curricula that provide students in-demand skills to help obtain tech-related jobs. Courses help students and job-seekers develop skills in areas such as web development, mobile development and data analytics. This scholarship opportunity was offered as part of the joint scholarship efforts of Udacity and AT&T to selected residents in certain HUD ConnectHome pilot communities, including Cleveland.

"I am proud of all of the CMHA scholarship recipients who showed great initiative and courage to take on this exciting endeavor,” said Jeffery K. Patterson, Chief Executive Officer of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority. “I would also like to thank the City of Cleveland and AT&T for joining CMHA as we continue to strive for inclusiveness of low-income residents in the overall efforts of digital literacy.”

During the event, scholarship recipients and CMHA residents who have completed digital literacy training received refurbished desktop computers. More than 100 CMHA residents have gone through the digital literacy training and have received a computer. In addition to the computers, scholarship recipients also received mobile hotspots to assist in connecting to their online coursework.

“The Udacity Nanodegree program provides an opportunity for CMHA residents to take part in a potentially life-changing opportunity,” said Nicolette Jaworski, Director of External Affairs for AT&T Ohio. “We are encouraged by this first group of scholarship recipients, and we hope that the AT&T Aspire to Tech Scholarship program paves a way for new opportunities for all of our participants.”

The AT&T Aspire to Tech Scholarship program is part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s signature education initiative, using innovation in education to drive student success in school and beyond.