Digital Opportunity Trust USA (DOT USA) has been awarded a $360,000 grant from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to place 106 fulltime TeachUp! Technology Interns in 13 Mississippi Delta counties to deliver training in 21st century technology to students, teachers and adults of this distressed region.
Utilizing this $360,000 grant, DOT USA will recruit, train and deploy 106 tech-savvy Delta natives as TeachUp! Technology Interns in public schools and WIN Job Centers in 13 counties where they will help improve the digital literacy and computer skills of more than 50,000 students, 3,000 teachers and help 10,000 clients of WIN Centers better utilize technology to prepare for and secure better-paying jobs. Upon completion of their year-long internship, which provides on-the-job training and hands-on experience, the 106 TeachUp! Interns will be qualified for high-level jobs in the technology field.
The $360,000 grant, one of eight awarded in Mississippi by the DRA, will provide critical "matching funds" to a $1,378,000 National AmeriCorps grant, already approved and allow the technology empowerment project to proceed to help citizens in these economically distressed counties gain the computer skills they need to compete in today's high-tech job market.
"This grant is a ringing endorsement of our program's efforts to give Delta citizens the technology skills they need to succeed in today's technology-driven world, and will allow us to expand the number of adults, teachers and students we can empower with 21st century skills," said Nuria Arias, Executive Director of DOT USA. "On behalf of DOT USA, I thank the DRA for their support of our mission to continue preparing current and future generations to succeed in an ever-advancing technological world."
Utilizing this grant and other public and private funds, DOT USA will deliver technology empowerment training and coaching in public schools and WIN Job Centers in the following counties: Bolivar, Washington, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Yazoo, Marshall, Holmes, Claiborne, Leflore, Warren and Lafayette.
With this DRA funding, a Federal AmeriCorps grant, and private support from Entergy and the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, DOT USA will have 106 fulltime TeachUp! Interns in the 13 counties and an additional 50 TeachUp! Interns in Desoto and Warren counties.
About the DRA
Created by the U.S. Congress in 2000, the Delta Regional Authority is charged with improving economic development and the quality of life for nearly ten million citizens who reside in the 252 counties and parishes in parts of eight states. The 252 counties and parishes served by the Delta Regional Authority make up the most distressed area of the country. The disparities between the Delta region and the nation as a whole are stark. As defined by the Economic Development Administration, virtually all the counties and parishes in the region are distressed.
Led by the Delta Regional Authority Board comprised of the Federal Co-Chairman, appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and the governors of the eight states, the Delta Regional Authority fosters partnerships throughout the region as it works to improve the Delta economy.
With investments from the States' Economic Development Assistance Program, formerly the Federal Grant Program, to improve transportation and basic infrastructure, the Delta Regional Authority supports job creation and retention. Initiatives such as iDelta and the Healthy Delta Initiative ensure that Delta communities are connected and healthy in the 21st century.