United States Senator Thad Cochran has announced that Digital Opportunity Trust USA has been awarded a $3,640,000 renewal grant from the Corporation for National and Community service. The grant will be used to deploy 280 TeachUp! AmeriCorps Members to Mississippi and Louisiana schools and communities to help successfully utilize 21st century computer technology in the classroom. The program aims to boost student success and prepare adults for better paying jobs.
The AmeriCorps Grant will allow the agency's highly successful TeachUp! Program to recruit, train and place 280 TeachUp! AmeriCorps Members in Mississippi and New Orleans schools. There, they will spend the 2012-2013 year helping teachers and students better implement the latest computer and online educational technologies into engaging project-based lessons to boost student success and retention rates. As a part of this grant, all of the TeachUp! Members will also serve in WIN Job Centers and other community sites, where they will help community members as well as unemployed and underemployed adults acquire the computer and professional skills they need to qualify for better paying jobs and succeed in a technology-driven world of work.
"We are excited that AmeriCorps has renewed our grant for another year allowing our TeachUp! Interns to deliver unique and much needed technology integration and support services in schools and community sites in both Mississippi and Louisiana," said Nuria Arias, Executive Director of DOT USA. "This renewal is an affirmation of the fine work our AmeriCorps Members have been doing to help schools and communities along the Gulf Coast, across the Mississippi Delta and northwest Mississippi, and in the New Orleans region for the last two years," said Arias.
DOT USA, Inc. launched its unique and acclaimed TeachUp! Technology Empowerment Program in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina to help Mississippi and New Orleans schools rebound from the Hurricane and take full advantage of 21st century technology to make classroom education more exciting and effective. Over the past six years, the TeachUp! Program has grown rapidly, serving more than 500 schools, 16,000 teachers and 500,000 public school students.
Some of the organizations that provide matching funds for the TeachUp! Technology Empowerment Program are The Mississippi Department of Employment Security, The Delta Regional Authority, the Walmart Foundation, The Chisholm Foundation, the Entergy Foundation, the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, and the College Knowledge Project.