PCC, Comcast hand out 250 Dell Chromebook to students
Photos and Story by Celina Baguiao
Portland Community College, in partnership with Comcast, hosted a small, socially distanced event on Thursday (Sept. 16) morning to provide Dell Chromebooks to PCC students. The event celebrated Comcast’s 10-year anniversary of its Internet Essentials Program, which offers low-cost, high-speed internet for low‑income households.
In recognition of 10 years of the Comcast Internet Essentials program, the organization provided 250 Dell Chromebooks to PCC students, including those who were named recipients of the PCC Foundation’s Bridges to the Future Scholarship.
“Comcast has been a wonderful supporter of our students during the years and especially during the pandemic,” said Christina Kline, who is the interim PCC Foundation executive director. “They have continually stepped up to help our students, with a focus on supporting historically excluded or underrepresented students in higher education, and the College is very grateful for its support.”
The Internet Essentials Program provides low-cost, high-speed internet for low‑income households, which now includes federal Pell Grant recipients, laptops for under $150, and access to free digital literacy content. In 10 years, Internet Essentials has helped to connect a total of more than 10 million Americans to education opportunities, job skills training and healthcare resources.
When the pandemic started in March 2020, PCC partnered with Comcast’s Internet Essentials, and the PCC Foundation helped cover the cost of affordable internet service for its students.
“Comcast and Portland Community College saw an opportunity to help serve an underserved population in celebration of our 10-year-old Internet Essentials program,” Comcast Vice President of External Affairs Marion Haynes said. “With the move to remote learning, it made sense for Comcast to help remove barriers for those who are trying to better themselves through education. Of course, it’s only a small part of helping those in school succeed, but Comcast was happy to do what we could.”
Along with picking up a Dell computer, students also had the opportunity to pick up free food from the Panther Pantry and take candid shots in the photo booth. While most of the computers were mailed out to students, some chose to pick them up in person at the Cascade event on Thursday and Friday at the Rock Creek Campus.