Graduates of Roxboro Housing Authority’s first year Digital Inclusion Program were recognized for completing the program, at the agency’s quarterly digital inclusion meeting held Wednesday, Feb. 19.
The ceremony was held at the agency’s newly renovated Harris Gardens Community Center. Annie Graham led this effort to help bridge the digital divide within underserved communities in Person County.
The agency continues to enjoy a strong partnership with Piedmont Community College. PCC provided the instructor, Dr. Alfred Faulkner, computer instruction and the computer lab for the classes for RHA’s residents and other participants.
With funds from a $2,000 grant from GitHub, the housing authority purchased and distributed laptops to 15 graduates, nine of whom had perfect attendance. To qualify, one had to attend a 10-week training curriculum. The success of this activity is attributed to the residents who were committed to self-improvement and to PATS Transit Authority which provided free in-city transportation.
RHA continues to explore other public and private partnerships to expand its digital connection program for more public housing residents.