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AT&T Gives $10,000 Grant to Bedford Center

November 1, 2011 at 9:28 AM

The AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc., has announced a $10,000 grant to the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council (LCEGC) to benefit the Area Learning Center.

The grant was written by Marla Jones, LCEGC  Assistant Director, to support a new technology infrastructure including the installation of wireless internet and SMART Boards. It will allow the Area Learning Center to offer current technologies and improve college services to provide a well-rounded, state-of-the-art educational experience for area students.

“We at AT&T know that it is very important to be on top of the latest technological advances in order to stay competitive in both the academic and business environments today,” said Jim Tackett, AT&T Executive Director External Affairs. “These enhancements will help to ensure a better learning environment for students and give the tools it needs to maintain a competitive workforce.”

The AT&T Foundation gives technology grants where the community and their business interests can come together for common goals to improve the use of technology in and out of the classroom.

“The Area Learning Center is thrilled to receive this grant from AT&T. The grant will provide a new server and SMART Boards among other technical equipment that will benefit OCUB and Ivy Tech students, staff and community members,” said Laura Moore, Oakland City University-Bedford Program Coordinator. “It will provide wireless capability throughout the building and place SMART Boards in several classrooms making a better learning environment for all.”

Equipment purchased with the AT&T Foundation grant will assist in providing quality instruction for local workforce development. It will provide a foundation for online, web-based and distance learning efforts at the Area Learning Center, allow students to learn computer skills, interact with current technologies and assist them in pursuing higher education or training to reenter the workforce.

"Funding for the Learning Center's Smart Boards and revamping its wireless internet will make a world of difference to the Oakland City-Bedford and Ivy Tech students and instructors," said Susan Hayes, Admissions Representative at Oakland City University-Bedford. "AT&T is an outstanding supporter and advocate for education, as is Jim Tackett, and we at OCU-B appreciate the AT&T Foundation's generous gift, which will be used to improve the quality and efficiency of the Area Learning Center."

Moore agreed and added, “Thanks to AT&T and the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council for making this possible!”

The Area Learning Center hosts classes for Ivy Tech and is located, along with Oakland City University-Bedford,  in the historic Indiana Limestone Company building at 405 I Street. For more information about classes and programs offered through the Area Learning Center call 279-8126.

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