Northwest students benefit from tech grants

Students at Northwest Mississippi Community College have recently been the recipients of technology grants that have provided the necessary tools to aid in online learning.

Thanks to $1.45 million from the institution portion of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) from the Coronavirus Relief and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), 800 Northwest students have been awarded laptops and hotspots through an application process.

One of those students was freshman Asia Williams of Grenada.

“The technology grant has helped me out tremendously,” Williams said. “I can now do my schoolwork on time and make sure it is correct. It has helped my education dramatically; I went from barely having access to a computer to having one of my own. I’m very glad I had the opportunity to get this grant.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, courses have been modified to include virtual learning. Northwest’s administration and faculty understand the needs and barriers that exist in transitioning to distance learning, and wish to aid students in the significant changes to the delivery of instruction by providing these technology scholarships.

One hundred percent of this project has been financed with these federal funds, with zero percent of the project funded by non-governmental sources.

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