Having internet access in the home is essential for many important opportunities, including:
- Job research and applications
- Health care information
- Online educational opportunities for both children and adults
- Ease of comparing purchase prices and finding the best deals
- Manage finances or research other things that would be a benefit
Internet access for $9.95 a monthTo combat the disparity for low-income New Mexicans, six years ago Comcast introduced their Internet Essentials Program (the information is also available in Spanish.) Since the program’s founding, Comcast New Mexico has connected more than 88,000 New Mexicans (in 22,000 households) for $9.95 a month plus tax, most for the first time. New Mexicans can qualify for the program if they have at least one child who is eligible for the National School Lunch Program, or if they receive HUD housing assistance. The program also includes an option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for less than $150 and access to free digital literacy training in print, online and in person.
Increased Internet Service SpeedThis year, new and existing customers can enjoy increased speeds of up to 15/2 Mbps. This speed is adequate for three devices to stream an HD video at the same time. Also, participants in the program will receive 40 hours of free WiFi access via Xfinity WiFi hotspots. A hotspot is a wireless connection available outside the home. So, users can take their laptops with them and find a hotspot for internet access. Also, instead of relying on cell data for mobile devices like phones, users can connect to a hotspot. We’re proud to say that Comcast New Mexico is a partner and member of the NMTC. If you’re interested in becoming a member of NMTC, check out our member page.
New Mexico Information Technology Apprenticeship Program (NMITAP).Organizations and technology companies in New Mexico are focused on making a positive change to the level of available tech talent. One example of a coordinated effort in that change is the
Developing Something New and InnovativeThe NMITAP is run and maintained by CNM Ingenuity, Inc., a branch of the Central New Mexico Community College. The program was started after CNM received a 3 million dollar grant from the Department of Labor. The NMITAP team has been working hard in its first year and a half with employer partners and the State Apprenticeship Office to create the training programs. They’ve created the first Information Technology (IT) registered apprenticeship program in the state. In addition, most apprenticeships are run from a company or support organization. However, in this case, NMITAP has the resources of a community college behind them.
Offerings in the ProgramNMITAP currently offers three different program tracks:
- Customer User Support Specialist
- Network Support Technician
- Applications Developer
- Cyber Security Support Technician
- Medical Coder
Technology Training ProcessThe NMITAP team does most of the work. The process runs like this:
- The NMITAP recruits individuals to apply to the apprenticeship program. The program’s target market includes women, veterans, and the unemployed.
- The NMITAP recruits a business that’s interested in hiring apprentices.
- The business creates or has an open position for the apprentice, and pays them a wage.
- An apprentice starts at the business as a paid employee, receives on-the-job training, also receives program specific training in the form of free classes through NMITAP.