Cox Communications has been a longtime supporter of the USS Midway Museum’s efforts to educate local students. Cox’s connection to Midway began in 1945 when Barbara Cox, a young Navy widow and the daughter of the company’s founder James M. Cox, christened the nation’s newest aircraft carrier USS Midway( CV-41).
That connection continued when Midway came to San Diego in 2004, becoming the world’s largest floating museum. Since opening its hatches to the public, Cox has been an important benefactor of Midway’s STEM education onboard field trip programs delivering scholarship funds, education programs development support, and valuable resources to educators through the Cox Connect2Complete program and Cox Digital Academy.
“Our partner relationship with Cox has always been focused on benefiting San Diego students,” said Sara Hanscom, Midway’s former director of education. “Cox continues to innovate and support education through powerful programs helping students access Internet tools and knowledge.”
“STEM education programs and bridging the digital divide for local youth are important to us,” said Ingo Hentschel, senior vice president and region manager for Cox Communications and a USS Midway Museum board member. “By collaborating with partners like the Midway, we can reach even more students who are interested in STEM, and through our Connect2Compete program, we’re able to get low-income students connected to the Internet and computers at home for their education.”
Being connected to the Internet is essential for kids to succeed in school. Research shows that more than 75 percent of K-12 teachers assign Internet-based homework. That number will undoubtedly increase as educators trend toward blended teaching paradigms – a blend of in-classroom work and online distance learning. Currently, students with a personal computer and an Internet connection at home have graduation rates that are six to eight percent higher than students without.
Cox is committed to narrowing this digital divide through the Connect2Compete program. Piloted in 2012 in San Diego, the program provides $9.95 monthly internet service to K-12 families receiving government assistance such as free school lunch. Cox collaborates with Computers 2 Kids (C2SDK) to help families obtain computers, laptops and tablets. Since launching, Cox has continued to enhance Connect2Compete by increasing speeds, adding free in-home and out-of-home Wi-Fi access, and expanding the eligibility requirement to families receiving other government.
Cox is also partnering with the White House to help connect families by being one of 20 internet providers nationally helping households sign up for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a federal government program that provides up to $30 a month subsidy for home internet service. A family that qualifies for the ACP and Connect2Compete could essentially receive free internet service from Cox.
In addition, Cox launched the Cox Digital Academy in partnership with Common Sense Media and the American Library Association, as a web portal with tools and resources for parents, students, and educators. From computer and Internet basics for novice users to educational resources for students, the Cox Digital Academy provides content in both English and Spanish.