It just got a little better to be a student in the Birmingham Public Schools.
The City of Birmingham will receive more than $450,000 in federal stimulus money to create a computer technology program, according to The Birmingham News. The money from the Commerce Department will fund a two-year Digital Connectors Program and a community awareness campaign.
“It will give us an opportunity to do things technologically that we have not been able to do before,” Mayor William Bell said. “Bridging the digital divide is critical for our children to be able to compete in the global market. This is a first step in helping our students get the access they need to be successful.”
The city and the school board will work with One Economy Corp., a nonprofit that has similar programs in 31 other cities, according to The News. The group will train students ages 15 to 21 on Internet and broadband technology and then distribute IT certifications upon completion. The program begins in January and will run until 2013.
“Birmingham has demonstrated that they are one of the first cities that actually gets it,” Maynard Scarborough, One Economy Corp.’s national engagement officer, told The News. “The money that we have been able to secure is just a little bit of money to start. This is a very, very strong start.”