Education: Learning Opportunities and Tips While at Home
Important Announcement from Governor Lamont
- Metrix for all: The state of CT has partnered with Metrix Learning to provide FREE Metrix access for any and all CT residents who are interested. The Governor will host a press conference to announce this and letters/emails will be sent out to dislocated workers promoting the opportunity in the next few days. Our team will help support this CT Initiative in the following ways:
- We will add a prompt to the call center for anyone who is interested in Metrix support
- Our Facilitators will serve as Metrix “Coaches,” for all participants, whether or not they are enrolled in WIOA/JFES program
- Youth Liaisons will play a role in helping to support youth Metrix users
- Our team goal will be to support CT residents with Metrix and enroll as many of them as we can into the WIOA services that will support them in their quest for employment.
This is available to ANYONE with a CT ZIP code, regardless of AJC eligibility.
- This is the link: http://ct.metrixlearning.com/
- Important Information Below: Go to College for Free!!
Connecticut State Community Colleges are offering free college tuition through the PACT grant for the Fall 2020 semester ONLY TO FIRST-TIME, FULL-TIME STUDENTS ENROLLING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE FALL OF 2020.
PACT is “last-dollar funding,” meaning it covers the gap between the federal and state grants you receive (Pell and Roberta Willis grants), and the cost of attending community college (tuition and mandatory fees).
In order to receive PACT funding, go through the normal process of applying, registering, and filling out the FAFSA. Students need to complete the entire enrollment process by July 15th which includes not only admissions, but placement, financial aid, and class registration. This could take 1-2 weeks to complete so it is crucial students are not waiting to start their applications.
Complete the FAFSA by July 15, 2020 to become PACT eligible.
To find out if you are eligible to apply for free college education, visit www.ct.edu/pact.
The absolute application deadline is July 15, 2020.
If you have questions, email email@example.com or call 860-723-0000.
Information obtained from Hartford Public Schools website.
I hope that everyone is doing well during this time. I know these are difficult times for many people but we want to give you as many learning resources as possible during this time. Please see below for learning opportunities.
Learning Opportunities During School Closure
Other Educational Resources:
- CK-12: Open-source textbooks
- CSCU OER Initiative: OER resources through Connecticut's State Colleges and Universities (CSCU)
- CT State Library: Free research and eBook collections (formerly iCONN)
- Curriki: Open curriculum materials
- Georgia Virtual: K - 12 open courses and curriculum materials
- Getty Institute Open Images: Searchable database of Creative Commons licensed images
- Hippo Campus: Multimedia content on general education subjects for middle-school and high-school teachers and their students
- Khan Academy: Short lessons in the form of YouTube videos and practice exercises
- Library of Congress: Millions of public domain books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps, and manuscripts
- MIT Open Courseware: Open source courses and applications for high school and college
- National Archives: Teaching and learning resources from primary source documents
- OpenStax: Open-source textbooks
- Region 14 Public Schools: Open curriculum materials from Connecticut's Region 14 Public Schools
- Smithsonian Learning Lab: Open resources and collections from the Smithsonian Institution
- Smithsonian Open Access: Millions of downloadable images from the Smithsonian Institution
WIFI OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS
The companies below are offering WIFI service to students without connectivity in the home, which should alleviate equity issues:
Comcast recently announced that it will extend the below-listed commitments for Xfinity customers through June 30th to help ensure students can finish out the school year from home and remain connected to the internet during the COVID-19 crisis:
- No Disconnects and Waiving Late Fees: We will not disconnect a customer’s Xfinity Internet, Xfinity Mobile, or Xfinity Voice service, and we will waive late fees if they contact us and let us know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. Our care teams are available to offer flexible payment options or help find other solutions.
- Xfinity Wi-Fi Free for Everyone: Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots in business and outdoor locations across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi.
- Pausing Our Data Plan: With so many people working and educating from home, we want our customers to access the internet without thinking about data plans. While the vast majority of our customers do not come close to using 1TB of data in a month, we are pausing our data plans to give all customers unlimited data for no additional charge.
- Internet Essentials: Internet Essentials is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. We are extending our offer of 60 days of complimentary service for new customers that sign up by June 30th. Internet Essentials is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. In addition to the 60 days of complimentary service, Comcast is also temporarily offering amnesty to low-income households who would otherwise qualify for Internet Essentials but have a past due balance that is less than a year old. Comcast will offer amnesty for that debt for the purpose of connecting to Internet Essentials, so long as the customer meets all the other eligibility criteria. For more information, visit www.internetessentials.com.
- April 27, 2020 Announcement: https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/comcast-extends-comprehensive-covid-19-response-policies-to-june-30
For more information and updates from Comcast related to Coronavirus, visit any of the below-listed links:
- Network Performance Website: Information about Comcast’s network, the steps taken to ensure reliability, and additional measures Comcast is taking to keep everyone connected can be found here: https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19/network
- Collection of Comcast’s COVID-19 Responses and Activities: All of Comcast’s COVID-19 responses and activities can be found here: https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19.
2 months free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access to homes with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a subscription.
Internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 per month through our Access from AT&T program
All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data
Waived activation fees on new lines of service and upgrade fees starting March 18
No late fees for 60 days from March 16, 2020 to May 13, 2020, and no termination of service (must speak with a customer service representative)
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60 days free Internet Essentials service to new qualified low-income customers (normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.)
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