Comcast Supplies ‘Lift Zone’ Free Wifi to YWCA
POTTSTOWN PA – Free Internet access being offered at the YWCA Tri-County Area‘s Adult Education and Training Center on North Adams Street, in partnership with Comcast Corp., will benefit adult learners and job seekers who lack online connections at home or elsewhere, the agency announced Tuesday (July 27, 2021).
Comcast has installed its “Lift Zone” brand Internet access points at the center so YWCA students and adults receive consistent network reach as they complete classroom assignments and apply for jobs.
“Some of our students do not have access to Internet at home, or may only have cell phones, so these Lift Zones from Comcast are giving them the capability to connect with us for their virtual classes with the laptops in our center,” according to Veronica Barna, its senior director.
Another benefit: “We have also experienced more reliable Internet service, which helps keep the flow of learning going,” she added.
The center provides education programs for adult learners to build workplace success, the YWCA reported. They include adult basic education, high school equivalency education and testing; and English as a Second Language classes. Instructors are educated, experienced, and supportive.
Additionally, its Dignified Advancement, Workforce Navigation program – conducted through the federal AmeriCorps service – helps adult job seekers build skills to gain meaningful employment and maintain self-sufficiency. Job coaches work to increase employability through placements, skills development, and reducing barriers to employment.
The Lift Zone allowed AmeriCorps volunteers give back to the community with virtual tax preparation assistance so residents in need “could file their taxes quickly and safely,” program coordinator Terridina Marshall said.
Comcast last September announced a $1 billion commitment over 10 years to establish wifi-connected spaces in more than 1,000 community centers nationwide.