AT&T, DigitalC, and the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) hosted an event to announce the award of the AT&T Aspire to Tech Udacity Nanodegree scholarships to six CMHA residents. The event also served as an opportunity to announce that the first group of 26 residents have completed digital literacy training at Cedar High Rise.
“I congratulate all of the scholarship winners on taking the first steps in furthering their education,” said Cleveland City Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland. “And I commend AT&T and CMHA for making these important programs available to our community.”
Nanodegree programs are self-paced, online curricula that provide students in-demand skills to help obtain tech-related jobs. Courses help students and job-seekers develop skills in areas such as web development, mobile development and data analytics. This scholarship opportunity was offered as part of the joint scholarship efforts of Udacity and AT&T to selected residents in certain HUD ConnectHome pilot communities, including Cleveland.
"I am proud of all of the CMHA scholarship recipients who showed great initiative and courage to take on this exciting endeavor,” said Jeffery K. Patterson, Chief Executive Officer of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority. “I would also like to thank the City of Cleveland and AT&T for joining CMHA as we continue to strive for inclusiveness of low-income residents in the overall efforts of digital literacy.”
During the event, scholarship recipients and CMHA residents who have completed digital literacy training received refurbished desktop computers. More than 100 CMHA residents have gone through the digital literacy training and have received a computer. In addition to the computers, scholarship recipients also received mobile hotspots to assist in connecting to their online coursework.
“The Udacity Nanodegree program provides an opportunity for CMHA residents to take part in a potentially life-changing opportunity,” said Nicolette Jaworski, Director of External Affairs for AT&T Ohio. “We are encouraged by this first group of scholarship recipients, and we hope that the AT&T Aspire to Tech Scholarship program paves a way for new opportunities for all of our participants.”
The AT&T Aspire to Tech Scholarship program is part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s signature education initiative, using innovation in education to drive student success in school and beyond.