Cox Communications’ history with the USS Midway Museum began long before the internet or cable were household words. It started in 1945 when Barbara Cox, a young Navy widow and daughter of the company’s founder, James M. Cox, christened the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV-41). After 47 years of service to America and 12 years at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard’s Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Wash., Midway came to San Diego and opened as the USS Midway Museum. Today, Cox Communications supports Midway and its STEM education programs for local youth. 

Cox has been an important benefactor of Midway education, providing capital project funds to build Midway’s Little Skippers overnight and education space, as well as continuing support for STEM education onboard field trip programs, No Child Left Ashore scholarship funds, and education program development. In addition, Cox provides valuable resources for students and educators through its Connect2Compete broadband adoption program and online Cox Digital Academy, which provides free resources for students and families to increase their digital literacy.

“Our partner relationship with Cox Communications has always been focused on benefiting San Diego students,” said Tina Chin, Midway’s director of education. “Cox continues to innovate and support education through powerful programs helping students access internet tools and knowledge.” 

“Cox shares Midway’s commitment to making an impact on local education, and we’re proud of our partnership with this one-of-a-kind museum that provides a unique and hands-on opportunity for students to learn about STEM,” said Cox Communications’ market vice president, Ingo Hentschel, who is a member of the board of directors for the museum and a former U.S. Marine.

Being connected to the internet is essential for students of all ages to succeed in school. Data 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 computer or tablet 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 or reduced 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 when they apply their federal ACP credit to their Connect2Compete $9.95 a month service. 

In addition, in partnership with Common Sense Media and the American Library Association, Cox launched the Cox Digital Academy, 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, financial wellness How To’s and more, the Cox Digital Academy provides content in both English and Spanish.

Visit www.cox.com/digitalequity to learn more. 

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