Portland Community College Foundation, Comcast to Provide Internet Access to Low-Income Students

The Portland Community College Foundation has entered into a six-month partnership with Comcast´s Oregon/SW Washington region to purchase Internet access for 300 of its students, the company said.

The arrangement takes advantage of Comcast´s Internet Essentials program, designed for low-income families and individuals to acquire access to the Internet.

PCC has moved classes and business operations online while closing its physical campuses and centers. The impact of this has created significant disruption for large portions of the college´s most-vulnerable students. As a result, the Foundation´s board recently approved USD 750,000 to meet students´ most basic needs through emergency grants, grocery store vouchers, computers and Internet service through Comcast.

Since its inception in 2011, Internet Essentials has connected more than 52,000 low-income households in the Oregon/SW Washington region. The program charges USD 9.95/month, but in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Comcast is offering two months free for customers who sign up before May 13. People who qualify for a broad range of federal assistance programs including Pell Grants, Medicaid, HUD-assisted housing, SNAP, and SSI, among others, are eligible to apply for Internet Essentials.

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

It is a nonprofit organization that enriches lives and strengthens the region through support of education at PCC. Its “Campaign for Opportunity” has set out to raise USD 30 million to support student success by June 30. The campaign has four focus areas — scholarships, urgent need, student mentoring and workforce development. To find out more, visit www.pcc.edu/foundation.