‘Entry Tech’ program provides free computer systems, web, and coaching to Cleveland residents

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Jumpstart and Verizon Launch New Access Tech Program to provide 1,000 computers, Internet access and training for Cleveland residents.

CLEVELAND – The pursuit of digital equality in Cleveland is urgently needed as approximately 30% of Cleveland residents do not have reliable access to high-speed internet. This is why organizations and companies in the region have worked so hard over the past few months to resolve the issue.

The most recent partnership is Jumpstart and Verizon, who are launching the new Access Tech program offered to 1,000 adults in Cleveland.

“Jumpstart has come up with a really creative way of providing access to hardware, connectivity, and training programs, and enabling our Cleveland residents to learn more,” said Twyla Turner, director of digital learning centers at Jumpstart.

“We’re giving you the opportunity to take technology in your hand, the Internet in your hand, and then train in programs to help you understand how to use your device.”

The best part about the program is that it’s free thanks to the funding provided by Verizon.

We introduce #AccessTech! Access Tech is operated by JumpStart and funded by Verizon. It connects Cleveland residents with free digital education programs and technology. https://t.co/Cji48PPEpg pic.twitter.com/2d8lp1Czam

– JumpStartInc (@JumpStartInc) January 27, 2021

“Verizon has been involved in promoting and promoting digital inclusion for over a decade,” said Jessica Cohen, manager of state government affairs for Verizon. “Training is offered free of charge to Cleveland residents and provides career makers, job seekers, entrepreneurs and small businesses with the resources they need to survive in a digital world.”

The digital divide has widened during the pandemic as internet access has become a requirement for some of the most basic survival needs, such as: B. Ordering groceries and getting virtual health care.

“It shouldn’t be a luxury. It’s a necessity, ”said Turner. “It’s so important.

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Access Tech attendees receive training on how to use their devices and can sign up for programs to learn cybersecurity and even coding. Even when the program finishes, there is no need to return the devices. Technical support is also included.

“We are also providing software and technical support to participants so that they can participate in the program,” said Cohen. “We understand how important internet access and broadband are to society now. And as we expand our products and network, we want to encourage and make it easier for people to engage with this network. “

If you or someone you know is interested in the Access Tech program, visit atpcleveland.com. If you give this information to someone without internet access, they can simply call (216) 456-2665.

At the time of this writing, around 100 people have signed up for the program. Turner is pleased with the interest they received in just one week.

“We log in constantly every day. And the goal is to reach 1,000 Cleveland residents. “

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