CCBC Awarded $30,000 Grant and 100 Laptops from Comcast for Workforce Development

Nov 10, 2021 | by Lisa Harlow | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.610.3246 (cell)

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. Comcast will be on hand to present CCBC with the donation and help distribute laptops at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11 outside the Administration Building at CCBC Essex, 7201 Rossville, Blvd.

“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.”

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About the Community College of Baltimore County (www.ccbcmd.edu)
Since 1957, CCBC has opened the doors to accessible, affordable, high-quality education empowering generations of area residents to transform their lives and the lives of others. Each year, nearly 50,000 students enroll at the college’s main campuses, extension centers and online to make their starts, earn degrees, launch and build careers. CCBC offers the region’s most expansive selection of degree, certificate and workplace certification programs that prepare students for transfer, job entry and career advancement in such industries as business, education, health care, information technology, cybersecurity, construction, and transportation. Designated as the “Best Community College” among the Maryland Daily Record’s 2021 Reader Rankings, CCBC is also nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies and among the nation’s top associate degree producers.

CCBC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

About Internet Essentials
Internet Essentials is Comcast’s signature digital equity initiative and the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. In 10 years, it has helped connect 10 million low-income Americans to broadband Internet at home, most for the very first time. It has a comprehensive design that addresses each of the three major barriers to broadband adoption. This includes multiple options to access free digital literacy training in print, online, and in person; the option to purchase a heavily subsidized, low-cost Internet-ready computer; and low-cost, high-speed Internet service for $9.95 a month, plus tax. The program is structured as a partnership between Comcast and tens of thousands of school districts, libraries, elected officials and nonprofit community partners. For more information about Internet Essentials and Comcast’s commitment to education and digital equity, please visit https://corporate.comcast.com/education. To apply, visit www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376 for English or 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.

About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on broadband, aggregation, and streaming with 57 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

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