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Cox, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce team up to improve digital literacy

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Posted at 4:39 PM, Oct 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-07 18:03:50-04

Cox and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana have teamed up to improve digital literacy skills for Louisiana's Hispanic citizens.

The Cox Digital Academy on the campus of South Louisiana Community College in Lafayette will now offer programs in Spanish on 10 new computer Chromebooks donated by Cox.

Together, Cox and the Hispanic Chamber will offer the Cox Digital Academy in three Hispanic Chamber Resource Centers across Louisiana, including locations in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. According to Cox officials, the Cox Digital Academy is part of Cox’s commitment to narrowing the digital divide. Cox and HCCL will also work together to educate families about the discounted home internet service available through Cox’s Connect2Compete program.

“The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana Foundation are thrilled to continue the efforts of bridging the digital divide of the Hispanic grassroots community alongside great partners like Cox and South Louisiana Community College,” said Mayra Pineda, President & CEO of HCCL. “By bridging this gap, we are increasing employment opportunities and improving new career and educational paths.”

“We are committed to offering every child the opportunity to reach his or her full potential through access to a fast and reliable internet connection which is essential for thriving in today’s world,” said Raiza Pitre, Cox Business account executive and vice chairwoman for HCCL. “Cox’s expanded Connect2Compete program includes digital literacy training tools through the free Cox Digital Academy, which is now available in Spanish.”

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. Some of the content includes:

· 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

Information about Connect2Compete, Cox’s discounted internet service, is also available at the resource centers. Families, with at least one K-12 student, who are living in public housing or qualify for a free or reduced school lunch through the National School Lunch Program are eligible to sign up for the

Connect2Compete discounted internet service at home. More than 350,000 people have benefited from Connect2Compete since its creation.

You can find more information about the Cox Digital Academy here: www.cox.com/aboutus/connect2compete/digital-academy.html.