Universities, colleges support students with technology

With more classes transitioning to online this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic, colleges and universities are increasing efforts to provide students with computers, WiFi hot spots and tech support.

Milwaukee Area Technical College announced July 14 expansion of a technology scholarship program with a $40,000 donation from American Family Insurance to ensure technology packages for MATC’s Promise students — new high school graduates or adults who qualify for free tuition due to financial need.

Thus far, MATC has already given out 1,300 Chromebooks and another 2,200 are on the way to help students. The Chromebooks cost MATC about $200. 

The technology package includes a Chromebook and a WiFi hot spot for students who lack computer access required to learn, especially during COVID-19. It allows one year of use to a student who does not have access.