United Way Partners with FCC to Provide 200 Free Chromebooks to Students
The United Way of Frederick County recently partnered with Frederick Community College to distribute 200 free Chromebooks to FCC students as part of a statewide effort to provide the devices to local, low-income families.
“We are beyond grateful to the United Way for allocating these Chromebooks for our students,” said Dr. Annesa Payne Cheek, FCC President. “Every student needs to have access to digital technology to equitably participate in our society, our democracy, and our economy, but we know that is not the case. We are grateful that the United Way, Frederick County Government, and the State of Maryland are working to enhance digital equity in our community and help our students succeed.”
The distribution was made possible through an initiative called Connected Devices and supported by a grant provided by Frederick County Government via the Maryland State Department of Housing and Community Development.
The initiative is designed to help ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households and students who display exceptional financial need and are currently receiving a Federal Pell Grant.
Representatives from the United Way were on hand at the distribution event to help students log on to their new Chromebook and provide resources on technology basics.
“The ALICE Report identifies access to technology as an essential need in achieving financial stability and accessing important educational opportunities,” said Ken Oldham, President & CEO of United Way of Frederick County. “Through the grant provided by Frederick County Government through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, we are proud to help close the digital divide and provide technology and broadband access to those who need it most.”