A home computer and Internet access are essential for all students and their families. Yet a recent study indicated that as much as 40% of East Bay families, particularly low income families, do not have computers and Internet access at home.
In response to this situation, EBBC has joined with the Tech Exchange (www.otxwest.org) to create the Digital Inclusion Solution, providing:
- Free refurbished desktop computers, digital literacy training, and tech support.
- Affordable Internet options for under $10 a month.
To do this, the Tech Exchange/EBBC hold Tech Fair events at schools and community sites to bring computers, training, and Internet subscription assistance directly to families. In the last year, close to 2,000 families have received free computers.
EBBC joined with Urban Strategies Council to launch TechPathways (techpathways.org) as a website that provides a framework that demystifies tech careers as diverse as engineering, visual design, and digital marketing also enables users to compare over sixty East Bay training programs where they can build skills for success, ranging from after-school programs to boot camps.