Digital Equity

The GOP-led budget committee voted to borrow $125 million for broadband expansion projects throughout the state, overriding Gov. Tony Evers’ initial proposal of about $200 million over the biennium.
The 15th annual SWeETy (Summer Welding & Electrical Technology) Camp at Calhoun Community College, Alabama, is training high school girls for careers as electricians, welders, engineers and other male-dominated jobs.
The Essex County, Mass., Community Foundation has announced a new $2 million initiative that seeks to help connect thousands of residents who lack access to a computer or an Internet connection.
Part of a strategic partnership to help historically black colleges and universities modernize their digital infrastructure and cybersecurity systems, the money will go toward student financial aid and tech services.
Polk County, Fla., has had a broadband advisory committee and broadband plan for years, but many residents still have trouble performing duties for school and work due to a lack of affordable high-speed Internet.
A coalition of senators, led by Washington's senior Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, is behind a proposal that would funnel $1 billion in grants over five years to help close the digital divide.
After a court ruling in April ordered the state to help students especially in rural and tribal areas that lack access to technology, New Mexico has a three-year strategic plan to coordinate such projects.
Recent legislation in New Jersey will direct colleges and universities to address barriers of entry to STEM programs for women and people of color, with the goal of connecting underrepresented groups with in-demand jobs.
Economists at the University of California in Santa Cruz found that enrollment in the state's community colleges decreased by 12 to 15 percent last year. They believe that struggles with online learning played a role.
Long interested in bridging educational gaps for women and people of color, a teacher at Bret Harte Middle School in California has inspired students and recruited them to computer studies with all-girls classes.