An expanded effort to bring low-cost computers with Internet access can change families and futures, Bibb County school officials said Wednesday.
This is so exciting because this is going to help our students be 21st century learners, said Vanessa Wynn, Bibb Countys interim director of instructional technology. Its great having a computer at school ... but learning is a 24/7 job.
The Connect2Compete program was piloted in Bibb County last year and is now serving as a national model, said Lynn Murphey, Cox Communications executive field director for the Middle Georgia region. The program had been matching low-cost, mail-order computers with $9.95-per-month Internet access for some families.
On Wednesday, the participation of Macons Quality Computers was announced, allowing people to look at computers in person and buy them. Laptops start at $99 with Windows 7 and Microsoft Office, said company owner Brad Spiegel, who said the inexpensive mix of hardware, software and Internet was a long-sought solution.
Every house needs a computer. They really do, said Spiegel, who said some students fall behind without a computer at home.
Cox is also beginning to market its discounted Internet service to qualified people in the areas of Bibb, Houston, Jones, Monroe and Peach counties that the company serves. The offers are generally open to people who qualify for the free school lunch programs who dont have Cox service or owe the company money.
For information on the Internet access, visit www.connect2compete.org or call toll-free 855-222-3252. For information on the computers, visit the same website or call Quality Computers at 478-474-0861.