New Partnership Helps HBCU Students with Remote Learning

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies (OACAA) has partnered with Wilberforce University to provide technology in the form of laptops and hotspots to support remote learning.

Philip E. Cole, executive director of OACAA said, “When the pandemic hit earlier this year, many of us were thrust into working or studying offsite. We saw a need and are happy to fill that need to better equip students and help maintain their path to graduation.”

The new partnership will provide 100 students with new laptops to assist them with remote learning for the duration of each student’s studies.

“OACAA is an ideal partner in Wilberforce’s endeavor to address the Digital Divide,” said Dr. Tashia Bradley, executive vice president and chief innovation officer at Wilberforce University. “Black communities have been grappling with gaps in accessing devices and Wi-Fi. These are the types of gifts that help reduce that gap and help support the university’s commitment to ensuring student success. We are appreciative of OACAA for partnering with us to address this issue.”In addition to the laptops, students will receive access to the latest software and Apportis – software that provides mental health resources. Though not a new project for OACAA, this project marks the first time OACAA will be partnering with a historically black college or university in Ohio. Wilberforce University is a four year private liberal arts college operated by the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the oldest owned and operated college by African Americans in the United States.