Program donates computers to Jefferson County families

Connect Arkansas, a project of Arkansas Capital Corp., has announced the donation of 52 Internet-ready computers to families who completed the Computers 4 Kids program held at Southeast Arkansas College in Pine Bluff.

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

A grant from the Arkansas Users of Telecommunications and Information Services (AUTIS) was provided for the Pine Bluff class. Since the program’s inception, more than 1,100 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.”