Date: September 19, 2011
Contact: Lindsay Gladstone
Governors State University
Phone: (708) 534-7090
Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
GSU and SSMMA Partner to Help Link Students to Internet
University Park, Illinois, September 19, 2011 - Governors State University (GSU) and the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA) are pleased to help promote a special educational opportunity for families in the south suburban region. Through Internet Essentials, a special program sponsored by Comcast, families are able to receive fast Internet access and a computer for greatly reduced costs.
Internet Essentials offers Internet access for $9.95 monthly and an opportunity to purchase a computer for $150 to households that have a child eligible for free lunch under the Federal Free Lunch Program. As part of this initiative, Comcast also offers free Internet training.
GSU and SSMMA have partnered to help get the word out to school districts in the region. Dr. Deborah Bordelon, Dean of the College of Education; Alicia McCray, Director of MILE, GSU College of Education; and Ed Paesel, Executive Director, South Suburban Mayors and Managers, met recently with Yohan Fernando, Senior Manager of Government and Community Affairs, Comcast; and Lisa Ouzianian, Director of Government and Community Affairs, Comcast, to discuss how best to promote the program.
“Access to the world of information available on the Internet and to the improved lines of communication Internet services offer are vital components in today’s society and a very useful and effective educational tool,” said Dr. Bordelon. “We are pleased to help inform area educators, students, and parents about this valuable opportunity.”
According to the Pew Research Center, only 45 percent of households with incomes under $30,000 have broadband at home. Students growing up without Internet at their fingertips miss out on valuable opportunities, and their families may be unable to communicate with their children’s teachers and schools.
For more information on the program, call 708.237.3229.