Tohono O’odham Community College among federal grant recipients

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The Biden administration recently announced that Tohono O’odham Community College and Diné College of the Navajo Nation were two of the first five grant recipients of the Connecting Minority Communities (CMC) pilot program.

The five grants totaling $10,642,577 will be used to fund Internet access and equipment, and to hire and train information technology staff.

Tohono O’odham Community College will receive $1,927,857 in grants to support the college’s Hewel Wepegi Macidag kc, wog – “Learning the Internet Road” program.

The program is designed to address the lack of broadband access in the college and surrounding communities in the Tohono O’odham Nation, and to ensure equity by supporting digital literacy skills, workforce training work and community technology upgrades.

In response to the grant announcement, Tohono O’odham Community College shared via social media:

One of our goals here at Tohono O’odham Community College is to establish a technological hub that will enable students and the wider community to meet the challenges of the future.

Thanks to this grant, we can continue our efforts and work towards achieving this goal.

Diné College will receive a $2,925,627 grant for its Connect Navajo Project, which aims to improve educational and economic opportunities for the Navajo Nation by improving internet access, providing more hardware and investing in IT staff .

According to the grant, “This project will ensure that the Diné can continue to reside in their homes on the Navajo Nation and benefit from access to technology that helps them earn college degrees and pursue economically rewarding and personally fulfilling careers.” .

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce will continue to review applications and award CMC program grants on a rolling basis.

The CMC program is funded by the Biden administration’s $268 million Internet for All initiative.

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