New Partnership Helping to Close Digital Literacy Gap, Empower Students and Families

(TUCSON, Ariz.) – Since launching Connect2Compete in 2012, Cox Communications has connected more than 260,000 low-income people, many of whom would otherwise lack access, to the internet and the technology to be successful in today’s digital world.

A new partnership between Cox and the American Library Association builds upon that commitment to connect people with technology and provides an even stronger foundation for success in the classroom, in continuing education, and in job opportunities.

Pima County Public Library is one of three libraries nationwide – joining Topeka, Kansas and East Baton Rouge, Louisiana – that has been selected to offer enhanced digital literacy training and resources in person and online

As Cox Communications President Pat Esser says, “Through our partnership, we will ensure that the libraries never close for our families, expanding the reach of their digital collections and services, and empowering more families to experience limitless learning.”

“Libraries make powerful partners in bridging the digital divide,” says Felton Thomas Jr., President of the Public Library Association. “This new effort with Cox Communications effectively connects in-person training with online resources and community outreach to make a real difference in people’s lives.”

Of the partnership, Library Interim Director Amber Mathewson says, “Our vision is an educated, connected community of readers, learners, doers, and dreamers. With the support of partners like Cox Communications, we will continue to make great strides in ensuring equal access in the digital world. This partnership allows us an opportunity to expand the Library’s role in providing not only access, but the training, knowledge, and inspiration that will change lives.”


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