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$30,000 Spectrum gift for Urban League of Central Carolinas lab
Grant funds digital education initiative
 
Published Sunday, October 11, 2020 9:15 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

COURTESY SPECTRUM
Spectrum and Urban League of Central Carolina collaborated on distribution of 100 Safe & Healthy Home kits, which include information and products to help homeowners keep a cleaner, safer and more energy-efficient home at the Harvest Center of Charlotte.

A gift from Spectrum will help the Urban League of Central Carolinas develop workers for digital industries.


The $30,000 Spectrum Digital Education Grant for a new CareerBridge Mobile Lab program is part of Spectrum’s multiyear, $6 million cash and in-kind national commitment to digital education across the country. The company doubled its original 2020 commitment by awarding $1 million to 47 organizations providing broadband education, technology and training.


“We thank the Urban League of Central Carolinas for being instrumental in helping us provide support for digital education in the Charlotte community,” said Rahman Khan, vice president of community impact for Charter Communications Inc., which operates Spectrum. “Through the Urban League of Central Carolinas we can continue to provide those in need with the resources to navigate the challenges of the digital age.”


The CareerBridge Mobile Lab focuses on fiber optics employment and digital workforce development in underserved communities. The program includes training for fiber optics certification, medical coding, computer skills courses, trades certifications, small business assistance and career counseling.


Spectrum is also partnering with ULCC to distribute 100 Safe & Healthy Home kits, which include information and products to help homeowners keep a cleaner, safer and more energy-efficient home. The kits will be distributed at the Harvest Center of Charlotte.


“We are grateful for the tremendous support of Spectrum,” ULCC President and CEO Teddy McDaniel said. “Throughout this pandemic, ‘stay safe’ is a phrase often used. The delivery of these home kits with useful tools will allow hundreds of Charlotte-area families to do just that in their households and various neighborhoods.”
Spectrum has surpassed its multiyear commitment to award $6 million in cash and in-kind donations to support broadband education across the company’s 41-state service area.

This year’s recipients are from 15 states and Washington, D.C., and were chosen from 259 eligible applications. Since its inception in 2017, Spectrum Digital Education has benefitted more than 41,000 individuals in 17 states and Washington, D.C.


Earlier this year, Charter launched the $10 million Spectrum Community Investment Loan Fund, which will make loans up to $1 million to community development financial institutions in the company’s footprint through 2021. In June, it launched investment partnerships with the National Urban League and National Action Network to support Black-owned small businesses, which raised Charter’s Loan Fund commitment to $13 million.


Charter also introduced Spectrum Scholars, a two-year educational program for eligible rising juniors in financial need, that will award $400,000 in scholarship aid, provide company mentors for students, as well as connecting them with potential internships.

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