Baltimore County, Md.— Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) is the recipient of a $30,000 grant and 100 new laptops from Comcast. The grant will help students who lack resources through the college’s Student Emergency Aid Fund while the laptops will go to students enrolled in CCBC certificate and adult literacy education programs.
Officials from Comcast presented CCBC with the donation and helped to distribute the laptops on Thursday, November 11, 2021, outside the Administration Building at CCBC Essex Campus.
“Providing today’s workforce with the skills and tools to succeed in today’s increasingly digital world is a key priority for us as we continue our efforts to help close the digital divide,” said Misty Allen, VP of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Comcast’s Beltway Region. “We’re thrilled to be supporting CCBC in an effort to increase economic mobility and opportunities for the adult learners in its programs.”
Beyond the financial grant and laptop donation, Comcast is focused on increasing digital equity with its Internet Essentials program, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption effort for low-income households. Over the past 10 years, Internet Essentials has connected a cumulative total of 192,000 Baltimoreans.
Comcast is also supporting the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB), a temporary benefit program from the federal government designed to help qualified low-income households with a credit of up to $50 per month (up to $75/month for customers in Tribal Lands) until the program’s funding runs out. This gives new and existing customers the opportunity to apply the credit to all tiers of Xfinity Internet service, including the full monthly cost of Internet Essentials.
Throughout the pandemic, CCBC has made every effort to lessen the burden on students by keeping its doors open for those who found remote learning challenging, providing tuition-free opportunities for students and making online on-campus labs available for those who lacked Internet service. The donation from Comcast increases CCBC’s ability to connect students with resources that can help them be more successful in their academic pursuits.
“We are thankful to Comcast Internet Essentials for the laptops and their generous donation to our Student Emergency Aid Fund,” said CCBC President Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis. “Our Emergency Fund helps provide assistance with rent, food, transportation, counseling and other human services when they are struggling. We want our students to be successful, and we make their needs a priority.”