Consolidated Communications has a rich history of serving communities going back to 1894, helping to move people, businesses and communities forward by delivering the latest reliable communications solutions. One example is the Consolidated Connects Educational Grant Program, which supports K-12 schools in the company’s service area. The grants target innovative, technology-focused learning programs that advance creative student learning, encourage 21st century skills and promote critical thinking.
Class E - the Coles County Entrepreneurship Class - teaches high school juniors and seniors about the opportunities and challenges of starting and running a new business venture. Students learn about being an entrepreneur and develop leadership and professional skills that are important for success.
The Coles County, Ill., program got a boost recently from Consolidated through a $2,500 grant for Class E’s shared Maker’s Space. The students’ efforts to create their own businesses will be largely supported by the equipment in the student maker’s space, meaning the grant is helping to realize a key element of the program.
“Consolidated Communications has a long history of supporting schools and the communities we serve,” said Jennifer Spaude, senior vice president of corporate communications and investor relations. “Through our Consolidated Connects Educational Grant Program, we’re investing in educational programming to help children and young adults learn, grow and thrive.”
The Class E grant is one of more than a dozen in the first two years, totaling more than $60,000. Other grant recipients have tackled robotics, coding, virtual and augmented reality – and even an e-sports drone soccer program. Consolidated has awarded grants across the U.S., from Maine to Texas and Illinois to California – a reflection of the company’s position as a top 10 U.S. fiber provider with a network spanning more than 50,000 fiber route miles.