March 02, 2023
Contact: Brittney Dabney, Workplace of Communications, Public Relations and Advertising
The U.S. Division of Commerce’s Nationwide Telecommunications and Data Administration (NTIA) has awarded Tuskegee College $3.5 million as a part of the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program (CMC). Tuskegee is one among 93 universities and 43 HBCUs receiving assist to increase group know-how hubs, improve classroom know-how and enhance digital literacy. The NTIA awarded $175 million to schools and universities in 29 states and 4 territories.
“This award aligns completely with one among Tuskegee’s Strategic Plan targets to improve the technological infrastructure to facilitate on-line and in-person instruction and distance education schemes,” mentioned Dr. Charlotte P. Morris, president of Tuskegee College. “As we place ourselves to proceed to draw and retain the very best and brightest college students all for STEM and different packages, this technological improve offers the wanted assist for groundwork that ensures our competitiveness and the instruments our college students want for a wealthy studying atmosphere.”
Tuskegee College’s “ConnecTUvity: Anchoring the Way forward for Tuskegee with Broadband Expertise” mission goals to improve the campus fiber spine, wi-fi networks and improve audio-visual tools in studying areas to make sure that it helps the wants of the campus and college students.
The mission actions will improve the Tuskegee College fiber optic community and classroom cabling; improve the cybersecurity posture on the college by increasing insurance policies, person consciousness, and coaching curriculum supplied to college, workers, and college students; equip STEM and nursing disciplines with technological tools; and enhance the variety of Hyflex studying areas to assist hybrid instruction.
“Entry to inexpensive, dependable, high-speed Web service is critical for minority college students and native communities to completely entry faculty, healthcare, and jobs,” mentioned Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “The Division of Commerce has made important funding into minority-serving schools and universities, and I’m proud to say that each one funding from the Connecting Minority Communities program has been distributed to assist make Web connectivity a actuality for tens of hundreds of scholars at minority-serving schools and universities throughout the nation.”
Chief Data Officer Abraham George mentioned this federal assist permits Tuskegee to speed up its efforts to finish the set up of 111,500 linear ft or 21.17 miles of latest fiber optic cables connecting 78 buildings on campus to the not too long ago upgraded networking tools, the set up of over 1,200 wi-fi entry factors all through the campus — together with pupil housing, educational services, and administrative services to enhance connectivity for all customers all through the campus.
“Upgrading our fiber spine and wi-fi community ensures our college students are in a position to obtain seamless instruction on or off campus,” mentioned George. “A campus with this wealthy historical past is now in a position to laborious flip towards state-of-the-art instruction that our college students require. This can be a game-changer and can have a long-lasting affect on our college students and their studying expertise.”
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