SACRAMENTO, California— May 13, 2014—The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently released a series of case studies about the impact of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), a program created in 2010 that awarded over $450 million in funding to increase internet adoption in underserved communities. California Connects, the Foundation’s digital literacy training program that was created through BTOP funding, was highlighted in one of 15 case studies released by the NTIA. These case studies reveal the huge impact that these investments have had on public access to technology and internet usage. Read the full NTIA report here
The California Connects program launched in March 2011 and was completed in December 2013.
The program provided the tools and training necessary to increase digital literacy and Internet usage and adoption in California's Central Valley. Students in California Community College MESA (Math, Engineering and Science Achievement) received the tools and training necessary to serve as Community Trainers, helping their families and members of the community become broadband technology users. Over 18,000 Californians received digital literacy training through this program.
About the Foundation for California Community Colleges
The Foundation for California Community Colleges is the official nonprofit to the California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors and Chancellor’s Office. The Foundation’s mission is to benefit, support, and enhance the missions of the Community College system, the largest higher education system in the nation. Incorporated in 1998, the Foundation works with Community Colleges and partner organizations to manage grants, programs, and services that drive excellence in education. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation and receives no direct state or public support.