The Hispanic population in our country has made huge strides, but this community still faces challenges to access quality education and jobs. This challenge is a top concern of mine, but I am confident the technology available today can play a big part in helping more Latinos access the educational and professional tools they need to succeed.
Technology provides opportunities that can increase quality of life and help address barriers to achievement and educational attainment.
Our continuing work with vital advocacy organizations, including LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens), is one example of our efforts to address this concern. Earlier this month, LULAC celebrated 86 years of progress at its Annual Convention and Exposition in Salt Lake City, Utah. I had the honor of participating as speaker, reiterating the importance of access to technology for our community and our youth. The conversation continued during an informative technology panel where I discussed the various ways broadband serves the Latino community.
Technology provides opportunities that can increase quality of life and help address barriers to achievement and educational attainment. That’s why, this summer, AT&T worked with LULAC to revamp and upgrade 5 LULAC technology centers in the conference state of Utah, in addition to 6 other locations in New Mexico, Oklahoma, California, Florida, Illinois and Missouri, as part of a total 60 centers all around the country through a LULAC program titled “Empower Hispanic America with Technology.” Having established the nation’s largest Latino network of technology centers, LULAC’s Empower Hispanic America with Technology initiative seeks to enhance community technology centers in existing locations that serve Hispanic communities by providing high-speed Internet access and up-to-date computer and networking equipment.
The upgrades to these LULAC technology centers include computer equipment, office applications software and technology curriculum in addition to tech support. Visitors to these centers will have access to the types of technology and equipment they need to help complete school work, prepare for college or get the skills they need for a new job.
By investing in students and families today, we can help prepare them for success tomorrow. And by maintaining our focus on diversity and inclusion, we can help create a well-educated, diverse workforce—perhaps the most crucial way we can support a robust global economy.
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