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Bibb Students Can Get Computers, Web Access

Bibb County students who do not currently have Internet or computer access may now have the opportunity to change that.

According to a news release, eligible Bibb students in 23 schools will have access to "reduced-cost Internet service, affordable computers, and free digital literacy training" thanks to a national pilot program called Connect2Compete.

Connect2Compete is a partnership between the Knight Foundation, Cox Communications and Redemtech.

Eligible families will be able to purchase Internet service for $9.95 per month with Cox and buy a computer for $150 through GoodPC.

"Eligible" means that the family will have a student enrolled in the National Free School Lunch Program and to benefit from the Internet service, the family cannot currently have Internet.

In the news release, Bibb's school superintendent is quoted with his stamp of approval:  I am delighted with the Connect2Compete initiative because it helps make online learning a more affordable option for many families here in Bibb County," said Dallemand. "It is exactly the type of opportunity I envisioned as we were developing our strategic plan, 'The Macon Miracle,' because a student who does not have a quality computer and reliable Internet access at home, is at a distinct disadvantage when compared to their peers. This initiative offers inexpensive ways to tear down those barriers.

The program begins in 2013.

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