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Connect Your Community

The Connect Your Community (CYC) project intends to use an innovative and collaborative strategy to expand broadband adoption by almost 20,000 households in targeted communities in five states. Expanding on successful existing Cleveland-area programs, OneCommunity plans to work with non-profit and community organizations to implement neighbor-to-neighbor broadband adoption and awareness campaigns reaching 334,000 low-income individuals and to provide training and services to 33,000 people in Akron, Cleveland, and Zanesville, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; Gulfport/Biloxi, Mississippi; Lexington, Kentucky; and Bradenton, Florida. Grant funds will enable project partners, including Urban League centers, libraries, schools, economic development agencies, and human service and housing organizations, to host computer classes and utilize online resources to fulfill their missions. The project plans to employ survey techniques to measure broadband adoption among program participants and track the program’s success over time.

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Img: Graduates at Lorain County Community College pick up their refurbished PCs

OneCommunity’s “Connect Your Community” project has provided computer training to 3,000 citizens across several cities including Cleveland and Akron, Ohio; Detroit, Mich.; Lexington, Ky.; and Bradenton, Fla. Aimed at expanding broadband adoption in low-income communities, the program teaches participants computer basics, Internet fundamentals, online safety and privacy tips, and software functionality. Participants must also develop an adoption plan, mapping out a personal approach and timeline to acquiring access to broadband and regularly using a computer.

BTOP funds have also allowed OneCommunity and its partners in eight communities to hire 105 full-time employees. Individuals hired for these positions are responsible for a variety of tasks including project administration and public broadband training.

The impact of the project can be felt across multiple communities. A total of 1,120 individuals have succesfully completed training classes and fulfilled their personal adoption plan. More than 1,600 individuals have signed up for computer classes in spring 2011. The project’s efforts to expand broadband adoption are evident at Lorain County Community College in Elryia, Ohio, where BTOP funds not only helped 181participants complete a six-week computer training workshop, but also provided each graduate with a refurbished personal computer. To see local news coverage, please visit here.

Last Updated: October 18, 2011

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