Multi-Million Dollar Technology Grant for Missouri

8 years 9 months 1 day ago Tuesday, September 21 2010 Sep 21, 2010 Tuesday, September 21, 2010 10:39:28 AM CDT September 21, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA- A national technology program awarded a multi- million dollar grant to the Missouri Department of Higher Education along with several community colleges across Missouri.   

With the majority of job applications now online, and jobs requiring basic computers skills, having regular access to a computer seems necessary.

This grant helps ensure undeserved communities have access to both computers and and broadband. Rusty Monhollon, from the state Department of Higher Education, said the grant is not only for college students, but the new equipment is there to serve members of the community as well , especially when they search for jobs.

"Digital technology has really bypassed and left much of the population in the blue, and this will be an opportunity for them to sort of back up. People who are anxious or a little scared of using Microsoft word, or outlook or any of the basic programs that are really essential to the work force they'll be able to get that familiarity and training," said Monhollon.

Monhollon added that in the next couple of years, the grant will help more than 3,000 community members by offering digital literacy courses at no charge. Campuses include Moberly Area College, Jefferson Community College, and St.Louis Community Colleges along with several others.

The colleges were choose based on geographic areas with a high number of both the unemployed and underemployed.

The Broadband Technology Opportunities program awarded the funds.  Some community colleges all across Missouri are included in the effort to bring new computer centers, new equipment, and broadband to the campuses.

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