ATLANTA (August 14, 2017) – Cox Communications today announced the launch of the Cox Digital Academy, an expansion of its Connect2Compete (C2C) program. Available to parents, students and educators seeking to improve their digital skills, the Cox Digital Academy will provide free online educational resources and training to increase digital competency in education, jobs, housing, social media, and more.
“After nearly two decades of offering low income access programs and connecting families to the internet, the Cox Digital Academy is a natural extension of our Connect2Compete program that better equips children and parents to maximize the power of those connections with online tools,” said Pat Esser, president of Cox Communications. “Access is an important first step, but digital literacy must be maximized to ensure that we close the digital divide for children and enable them to compete in the modern marketplace.”
The Cox Digital Academy provides content, tools and resources from Common Sense, EVERFI and the Public Library Association, covering:
"From tips on how to keep kids safe online to glossaries to decode digital terms, Common Sense aims to be a trusted ally for parents and educators, helping kids to harness the power of media and technology for learning and life," said Amy Guggenheim Shenkan, President and Chief Operating Officer of Common Sense. "We're thrilled to partner with Cox to help close the digital divide, so that all families, educators, and -- most importantly -- kids have access to the tools and resources they need to succeed.”
The American Library Association (ALA) and Cox Communications continue to strengthen their partnership and expanding the shared commitment to connecting low-income students and their families with technology, providing a stronger foundation for success in the classroom, in continuing education and in job opportunities. Through this new partnership, more low-income families will have access to digital literacy training and resources in their local libraries and online at www.digitallearn.org.
“Public libraries are dedicated to helping their patrons and community members to thrive in the knowledge economy,” says Public Library Association (PLA) President Pam Sandlian Smith. “To that end, we are proud to partner with Cox Communications by piloting the deployment of enhanced digital literacy training and resources at select libraries across the U.S. PLA is pleased that even more learners will have access to the training we created for DigitalLearn.org through the Cox Digital Academy.”
EVERFI is on the front lines of education’s evolution, connecting learning to the real world by equipping users with the skills they need for success beyond the classroom.
"We are thrilled to work with Cox Communications to launch this incredible program harnessing technology to teach critical life skills," said Jon Chapman, EVERFI Co-Founder and President of Global Partnerships. "This partnership will empower and educate families and communities by providing them with the tools they need to thrive in this ever-changing digital age."
Cox Communications was the first to support the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s ConnectHome initiative and K-12 families in HUD communities within Cox markets automatically qualify for our C2C program.
"Cox Communications has and continues to be a pioneer in the digital inclusion space," said Chike Aguh, chief executive officer of EveryoneOn. "The Cox Digital Academy is a worthy addition to their commitment to making sure that all people have access to the opportunities that the internet and digital literacy training provides."
Along with Connect2Compete and the Cox Digital Academy, Cox is dedicated to supporting local communities and technology adoption. Since 2004, Cox Communications has installed 100 Technology Centers at Boys & Girls Clubs of America Clubhouses throughout the country. Valued at $25,000, each Boys & Girls Club Technology Center includes computers, monitors, laptops, printers as well the Internet service, enabling the students to complete their school assignments and learn critical digital literacy skills that are important to their future success.
Since 2012, more than a quarter million people have been connected to the internet via Cox’s Connect2Compete (C2C) program. For more information, or to sign up for Connect2Compete call 1-855-222-3252, or visit www.cox.com/aboutus/connect2compete.html.
Check out the Cox Digital Academy here: www.cox.com/aboutus/connect2compete/digital-academy.html.
About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and digital media advertising. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in broadband, voice and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For nine years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; Cox has ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity 11 times. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.com.
EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit that creates social and economic opportunity by connecting everyone to the internet. Since 2012, EveryoneOn has connected more than 500,000 people in the United States, with the goal of connecting one million people by 2020. For more information, visit EveryoneOn.org
About Common Sense
Common Sense is committed to making kids the nation's top priority. We are a trusted guide for the families, educators, and advocates who help kids thrive. We provide resources to harness the power of media, technology, and public policy to improve the well-being of every child.
EVERFI is the education technology innovator that empowers K-12, higher education, and adult learners with the skills needed to be successful in life. Its comprehensive critical skills platform is focused on Financial Education, Digital Citizenship, STEM Career Readiness, Diversity and Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, Character Education, and Health and Wellness. The EVERFI Education Network powers more than 4,200 partners in their education initiatives across all 50 states and Canada. Learn more at EVERFI.com.
About the Public Library Association
The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or [email protected].