Connect Arkansas, a project of Arkansas Capital Corporation, today announced the donation of 50 Internet-ready computers to families who completed the Computers 4 Kids program held at the Black River Technical College in Paragould.
Computers 4 Kids is a three-day digital literacy program that educates Arkansas children and families about the Internet and its relevancy in today's society.
Connect Arkansas received federal stimulus grants to increase Internet awareness, education and use in Arkansas. As part of that grant, Connect Arkansas partnered with the University of Arkansas at Monticello to develop the Computers 4 Kids program and worked with computer distributors to provide refurbished, Internet-ready computers. Since the program's inception, more than 900 families have received digital literacy training and free computers.
"We are very pleased with the success of the Computers 4 Kids program," said C. Sam Walls, chief executive officer of Arkansas Capital Corporation and president of Connect Arkansas. "The families who receive the computers are now better equipped for success in today's educational environment."
Arkansas Capital Corporation Group (ACCG) is a privately held group of for-profit and non-profit corporations dedicated to improving the lives of Arkansans. ACCG and its affiliate companies empower entrepreneurs by providing capital to businesses through its lending programs and advocating for entrepreneurs through capital, educational and technological improvements. ACCG serves as the platform from which new opportunities are launched and today includes eight affiliates including Arkansas Capital Corporation (ACC), Six Bridges Capital Corporation (6BCC), Arkansas Capital Relending Corporation (ACRC), Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation (AEAF), Diamond State Ventures (DSV), Heartland Renaissance Fund (HRF), Connect Arkansas, and Pine State Capital (PSC).
Connect Arkansas, established in 2007, is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to increasing high-speed Internet subscription and improving and sustaining Internet adoption throughout Arkansas. The Connect Arkansas Broadband Act was signed into law by Gov. Mike Beebe on March 28, 2007, with the goal of improving personal lives and creating economic opportunity for Arkansans. Connect Arkansas seeks to advance that goal through community-based initiatives.