Looking back, 2019 may have been the “year of collaboration.”
Whether it was the launch of our Believe ClevelandSM initiative aimed at improving digital literacy and job prospects, a four-community hackathon that boosted high school students’ tech skills, or the many network improvement projects that upgraded connectivity, we couldn’t have achieved so much for Ohioans without you.
We are grateful for the numerous opportunities to work alongside and with all of you. Please enjoy this review of just a few of our 2019 highlights. We look forward to accomplishing even more together on behalf of Ohio’s communities next year.
Thank you for your ongoing support of AT&T Ohio, and happy holidays!
President – AT&T Ohio and Great Lakes States
Digital literacy and technology-based learning are crucial to Cleveland’s success. Unfortunately, in the city that many of our employees call home, there is a growing disparity between job opportunities and the tech skills needed to help people move out of poverty and into a career pathway.
Enter Believe Cleveland.
Our employee-led AT&T BelievesSM initiative, which launched in June, is designed to lift up neighborhoods in need of improved digital literacy and technology-based learning.
We started out by working with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), Digital-C and the Urban League of Greater Cleveland. With these nonprofits, and a number of others, we’ve been putting our time and talent into technology training, certification programs, neighborhood analyses and hands-on learning experiences.
To learn more about Believe Cleveland, check out this video. We’re excited to keep the Believe momentum going in 2020.
Also in June, we were thrilled to join with the Canton Police and Fire Departments, as well as the Stark County Sheriff’s Office, to highlight FirstNet – the new communications platform just for public safety.
With this tech advancement, these agencies are now equipped with new capabilities and reliable access to critical information while in the field, allowing first responders to better serve those who live, work and visit the City of Canton.
In particular, Canton’s public safety agencies shone the spotlight on the Pro Football Hall of Fame game, induction ceremony and parade. They detailed how potential coverage gaps were eliminated, thanks to FirstNet, and how network connectivity was successfully maintained.
“With thousands of visitors converging on the city, FirstNet didn’t miss a beat,” said Canton Police Department Chief of Police Jack Angelo. “We were able to talk to each other quickly and clearly, and that is crucial when so many people are communicating via their cellphones.”
The Canton Police and Fire Departments are using smartphones, tablets and modems with FirstNet services. Similarly, the Stark County Sheriff’s Office used smartphones with FirstNet services during the Pro Football Hall of Fame festivities.
FirstNet is designed to improve communications across public safety entities nationwide, allowing first responders to easily and quickly communicate with one another during everyday situations, emergencies or big events. To learn more, please go here.
Later in the year, we were proud to collaborate with our Retail team to hold our first-ever “all-Ohio” job fair.
We hosted 13 hiring events across the state Oct. 29 to fill approximately 50 key job openings. These events were held at both our stores and in conjunction with local community organizations. More than 100 Ohioans came in for on-site interviews – with some leading to part- or full-time positions. And thanks to those applicants who came in person, and others that applied online, we have also added to our talent pipeline for future openings.
We are gratified to invest in people by creating and preserving high-tech jobs that pay well. AT&T offers excellent benefits, industry-leading learning opportunities and opportunities to move up. Join us, won’t you?
To learn more about our current retail store openings, you can go here.
With support from the AT&T Foundation, we were again excited to work with TECH CORPS to bring the TECHCORPShack to Ohio.
For 2019, Capital University (Columbus), Sinclair Community College (Dayton), Zane State College (Zanesville) and a new site – the University of Akron (Akron) – were the hosts for the hackathon.
The event, which was aimed at high school students, spanned two weekends in November. Approximately 200 students participated, learning about computer science in a fun, engaging and inclusive environment. Utilizing MIT App Inventor, together we explored the world of mobile app development and created apps that tackled a real-world need or problem.
The winning teams developed solutions that:
As State Rep. Kristin Boggs said about the 2019 hackathon, “This a great way to encourage students’ interest in careers in high-growth industries. These hands-on experiences will certainly benefit both our kids and the communities where they live.”