On September 16 in Dallas, AT&T rolled out its first Connected Learning Center, designed to increase access to educational and digital literacy tools to students and families in local communities. It was so great to see how all the months of hard work by good folks at the Annette G. Strauss Family Gateway Center, working side-by-side with AT&T, Dell, and Overland-Tandberg to bridge the digital divide in underserved communities.
Bridging the Digital Divide
This is the first of more than 20 Connected Learning Centers that AT&T plans to house in local community organizations in Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Miami and San Francisco. Each AT&T Connected Learning Center will provide access to free high-speed AT&T Fiber internet and Wi-Fi, educational content, digital literacy tools, and mentoring and tutoring support from AT&T employee volunteers. Dell Technologies is donating Dell OptiPlex computers and Dell monitors to each location. Overland-Tandberg will lead onsite configuration of the computers in each center as well as provide data management and security products to each location from several of its branded portfolios.
“It Takes a Village”
Ribbon Cutting (left to right)
Randy Tornes, Global AT&T Client Executive and Account Leader, Dell; Jessica Anderson, Director of Strategic Giving, Dell; Jesse Moreno, Dallas City Councilman; Jeff McElfresh, CEO of AT&T Communications; Ellen Magnis, Family Gateway President and CEO; Hardmon Williams, VP of AT&T Believes and Community Engagement; Eric Kelly, Chairman & CEO, Overland-Tandberg; Tina Brown, Chief Operating Officer, Overland-Tandberg
Overland-Tandberg Team (left to right)
Tina Brown, Chief Operating Officer; Eric Kelly, Chairman & CEO; Tony Davis, Facilities Manager
Setup Connected Learning Center Dallas – Overland Tandberg Team
Tony Davis, Facilities Manager; David Kibalama, Product Support Rep.