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COX, Hispanic Chamber Promote New Spanish-Language Digital Academy



NEW ORLEANS, La. - The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Convention and Cox Communications recently announced in press release the expansion of the Cox Digital Academy to include free Spanish-language resources that will now be showcased by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana to broaden opportunities for the Hispanic population through technology.

Cox Digital Academy, part of Cox’s commitment to narrow the digital divide, offers valuable online resources for parents, students and educators seeking to improve their digital skills.  Cox and the Hispanic Chamber of Louisiana will also work to educate families about the discounted home internet service available through its Connect2Compete program.

The Hispanic Chamber of Louisiana will utilize Cox’s Spanish-language Digital Academy in its resource center and promote the online tool with its partners across the state, said Mayra Pineda, president & CEO of the organization.

“We appreciate the opportunity to be able to work with Cox to build capacity through digital and computer literacy,” said Pineda. “This partnership will enable the Hispanic community throughout the State of Louisiana to gain access to more opportunities, increase performance in schools, cultivate and improve skills vital to developing careers, and broaden and advance overall digital knowledge.”

“We are committed to giving every child the opportunity to reach their full potential; digital skills and access to a fast and reliable internet connection are essential to thrive in today’s world,” said Anthony Pope, senior vice president and region manager of Cox Southeast. “Our expanded Connect2Compete program includes digital literacy training tools in local libraries and online through the free Cox Digital Academy.  As we continue to meet the needs of the communities we serve, we are proud to make available  articles and videos in Spanish and English.”

The Cox Digital Academy features content, tools and resources from Common Sense Media, EVERFI and the Public Library Association.  Spanish-language resources available through the Cox Digital Academy range from computer and internet basics to educational games for students of all ages.  Examples of Spanish-language content include, but are not limited to:

  • How to use media and tech to raise bilingual kids
  • Overview of how to effectively use parental controls
  • Facts about online predators, cyber bullying and general bullying
  • Cyber Safety, including social media tips and warning signs to look out for
  • Apps designed to help students boost their math skills over summer vacation
  • Kindergarten readiness resources

Cox and the Hispanic Chamber of Louisiana also work together to promote Connect2Compete, Cox’s discounted internet service.  Families with at least one K-12 student living in public housing or qualifying for free or reduced school lunch through the National School Lunch Program are eligible to sign up for the Connect2Compete discounted internet service at home, and also have free access to more than 500,000 Cox WiFi and Cable WiFi hotspots located in high-traffic areas nationwide.   More than 350,000 people have benefitted from Connect2Compete since its creation.

Cox has a strong history of providing students and their families access to technology in the classroom, in the community and at home.  Along with Connect2Compete and the Cox Digital Academy, Cox is dedicated to supporting local communities and technology adoption. Cox has installed more than 100 Technology Centers at Boys & Girls Clubs of America Clubhouses across the country, each includes computers, monitors, laptops, printers as well internet service.  The Tech Centers are designed to enable students to complete their school assignments and learn critical digital literacy skills that are important to their future success.

More information on the Cox Digital Academy, visit: www.cox.com/aboutus/connect2compete/digital-academy.html

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