Texas Connects Coalition Promotes Digital Literacy through Week of Activities
HOUSTON – The Texas Connects Coalition (TXC2), a partnership between digital literacy nonprofits Austin Free-Net and Technology For All, invites all Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) recipients in Texas to join a week-long “Broadband Across Texas Week” celebration of digital literacy.
Starting Monday, June 24th and continuing through Saturday, June 29th, the second annual Broadband Across Texas Week will introduce Texas residents to the variety of free computer-based learning opportunities available at their local Public Computer Centers (PCCs).
Many of the PCCs that TXC2 works with will also hold special digital literacy training courses and open houses during the week. Some of the PCCs are libraries, and plan to hold reading-themed events, to go along with their summer reading programs.
“Broadband Across Texas Week is a digital-centric celebration, but as always, all of our trainers and staff are focused on helping our communities grow and prosper however we can,” said Dr. Will Reed, chief executive officer of Technology For All (TFA) and director of the TXC2 project. “Since TFA received the BTOP grant three years ago, the Texas Connects Coalition project with Austin Free-Net has grown to 92 public computer centers and provided our vulnerable communities with more than two-million hours of basic computer training.”
Federal funding was issued to 19 agencies across Texas as part of the Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program and will end later this year. The invitation to join in the week’s activities is to encourage continued partnerships within the digital literacy world. “We want to demonstrate to our government that the funding is needed and that all across this great state, there are millions of persons who could not participate as active Texans without the services of projects such as TXC2 and the other BTOP grantees,” Reed said.
To register a BTOP nonprofit organization in Broadband Across Texas Week, please call the Austin office at (512) 236-8225, the Houston office at (713) 454-6400, or the Smithville office at (512) 237-4655 which manages the rural Texas area and San Antonio.
The Texas Connects Coalition (TXC2) is a collaborative project between Technology For All (TFA) and Austin Free-Net (AFN). TFA is the recipient and manager of a grant for the project from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. With localized community relationships, TXC2 provides computer and Internet access, training and more for Texans with limited access to digital opportunities in the Austin, Houston, San Antonio, central Texas and Brazos Valley regions. Find more information at www.txc2.org, www.austinfree.net or www.techforall.org.
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Will Reed, President/CEO of Technology For All
Texas Connects Coalition, Project Director
Juanita Budd, Executive Director of Austin Free-Net
Texas Connects Coalition