LITTLE ROCK, AR (News Release) -- Connect Arkansas, a project of the Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, announced the donation of 37 Internet-ready computers to families who completed the Computers 4 Kids program held at Jacksonville Middle School in Jacksonville, Arkansas.
Computers 4 Kids is a three-day digital literacy program that educates Arkansas children and families about the Internet and its relevancy in today’s society.
Connect Arkansas received federal stimulus grants and state funds to increase Internet awareness, education and use in Arkansas.
As part of those grants, Connect Arkansas partnered with the University of Arkansas at Monticello to develop the Computers 4 Kids program and worked with Arkansas-based computer distributor, eSCO Recycling, to provide refurbished, Internet-ready computers.
Additionally, the Arkansas Users of Telecommunications and Information Systems (AUTIS) board of directors awarded Connect Arkansas a $1,500 grant to the Computers 4 Kids program for the Jacksonville class.
These funds were utilized to provide the Pulaski County families with digital literacy training and newly refurbished computers.
Since the program’s inception, more than 1,800 families have received digital literacy training and free computers.
“We are very pleased with the success of the Computers 4 Kids program,” said Sam Walls III, president of Connect Arkansas. “The families who receive the computers are now better equipped for success in today’s educational environment.”
The Arkansas Capital Corporation Group of companies empower entrepreneurs by providing capital in conjunction with community banks to businesses through its capital availability products and advocating for entrepreneurs through capital, educational, and technological improvements.
The Arkansas Capital Corporation Group serves as the platform from which new opportunities are launched.
In addition to the flagship company, Arkansas Capital Corporation, there are seven affiliate and partner companies, including, Six Bridges Capital Corporation, Arkansas Capital Relending Corporation, Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation, Heartland Renaissance Fund, Connect Arkansas, Pine State Regional Center, and SouthWind Analytics. To learn more, click here.
Connect Arkansas, established in 2007, is dedicated to increasing high-speed Internet subscription and improving and sustaining Internet adoption throughout Arkansas.
The Connect Arkansas Broadband Act was signed into law on March 28, 2007, with the goal of improving personal lives and creating economic opportunity for Arkansans.
Act 604 of 2007 states that Connect Arkansas’s mission is to “prepare the people and businesses of Arkansas to secure the economic, educational, health, social, and other benefits available via broadband use.”
Connect Arkansas seeks to advance that goal through community-based initiatives.
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