The James M. Cox Foundation and Cox Communications have offered a grant of 25,000 dollars to fund a new technology center at El Cajon Clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County. This is one of the six clubs across the nation to be eligible for the grant. As per the reports, the technology center includes state of the art computers with printers, wireless routers, docking stations, wireless cards, and proprietary Microsoft and Club Tech software.
Making use of the Club Tech suite of programs, kids will be able to learn the basics of business software together with ways to stay safe online, enabling them to move on to advanced networking and hardware skills. This donation is done as part of a 150,000 dollars grant that Cox Communications and the James M. Cox Foundation offered to six new Cox Technology Centers spread across the nation. The Boys and Girls Club of Vista also received the 25,000 dollars grant, in addition to El Cajon.
These technology centers are the center of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Club Tech program. The program offers students access to curriculum to improve and advance their computer literacy. In addition, these centers help children who have no access to internet or computer at home bridge the digital divide.
“Growing up in San Diego, I was fortunate to be part of the Boys and Girls Club, so I know firsthand what a positive impact the club has on local youth,” said Sam Attisha, Senior Vice President and Region Manager of Cox Communications’ California operations. “By providing this $25,000 grant to the El Cajon Clubhouse, Cox is helping the club provide its members with access to the latest technology, and tools and information to stay safe online.”
Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County, Forrest Higgins, said that, “The majority of teachers are assigning online homework, and most colleges and employers have online applications, so digital access is extremely important for our youth for their education, and to prepare them for the future workforce. Cox Communications’ grant will go a long way in giving our members the technology resources they need.”
The James M. Cox Foundation supports varied organizations in places where Cox enterprise operate. The major subsidiaries are Cox Communications, AutoTrader Group, Manheim, and Cox Media Group.