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A.S.S.I.S.T. to the Digital Divide

 

NCCU Business student, Hollan Strepay, is putting into practice the NCCU credo of Truth and Service.   Throughout the course of the past two months, Hollan has been dedicated to developing a program that bridges the digital divide that exist among some of his peers. As part of the Parker-Hedgebeth Administration’s strategic plan focused on student growth and achievement, the NCCU Student Government Association has put all resources behind the piloting of this program.

“After noticing that many of my fellow classmates did not have a laptop or tablet which would aid in their daily work productivity I made it my mission to bring together resources across our campus to help students in need” said Hollan.

Hollan further observed that students who did not have access to their own technology often went without the required e-book or online simulation for a class, an obstacle that often further disenfranchises people from an adequate education. Because of this fact, Hollan launched a technology inclusion program, titled Assisting Student Success in Supplying Technology (A.S.S.I.S.T.).

“By granting students access to information, A.S.S.I.S.T. acts as the great equalizer in higher education,” said Hollan, “Technology is not just a want for a student, but rather a necessity that no student should be deprived.”  Because of these efforts nearly 13 students received laptops with special sponsorship from NCCU Information Technology Services, NCCU Office of the Provost, and NCCU University College.

Students wishing to participate in the loaner program must meet the following criteria:

?      Enrolled as a full-time student at NCCU

?      Classified as a freshman or sophomore

?      Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.4 or above

Please visit  https://goo.gl/forms/aBp3Hgl0ZKlTMFat2 for access to the online ASSIST application. 

Sponsors for this program:

Provost Nave, Office of the Provost
Ms. Leah Kraus, Chief Information Officer, ITS Department

Dr. Kesha Lee, Interim Associate Dean, University College

Others who have played an important part in launching the program: 

Mr. Roderick T. Heath, Director of Men's Achievement Center & Advisor to ASSIST Program
Dr. Toya Corbett, Assistant Vice Chancellor & Dean of Students
Davanta Parker, SGA President NCCU

Interested sponsors should get in contact with either Roderick Heath rheath1@NCCU.EDU or Hollan Strepay (hstrepay@eagles.nccu.edu)  to facilitate any donations.

 

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