AT&T Foundation Gives $25,000 Grant to Lifelong Learning Institute

Vince Apruzzese, President, AT&T Virginia
June 27, 2022
Broadband Access and Affordability


AT&T Foundation Gives $25,000 Grant to Lifelong Learning Institute

I was on the road again this week, this time in Midlothian to highlight the work of a Chesterfield County nonprofit that’s helping to improve adults’ digital-literacy skills.

As part of our nationwide commitment to help bridge the digital divide, the AT&T Foundation gave a $25,000 grant to the Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield.  The grant will enable the organization to offer more than 20 courses in computers, technology, math and science for midlife and older adults in the Summer 2022, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 sessions.

“This grant funding from AT&T has come at a time when the interest and demand for courses on Computers and Technology has never been greater. We currently have over 330 students with an age range of 58-93 enrolled in the Summer 2022 courses in the Computers, Technology, Math and Science category. We are so grateful for the support that will enable us to continue expanding the quantity and diversity of our course offerings taught by our amazing volunteer instructors,” said Rachel Ramirez, executive director, Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield.

One way to bridge the digital divide is to help individuals of all ages improve their digital literacy skills. The Institute does a great job of helping its students learn new skills that are important in our connected world.

We launched the AT&T Connected Learning initiative to address the digital divide through investments in digital literacy tools, education resources, broadband technology, low-cost internet service, and computers, to help today’s learners succeed inside and outside of the classroom.

The Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield is a member-supported organization designed to meet the educational and social enrichment needs of adults age 50 and “better.” The Institute develops and offers daytime courses, lectures and special events on a wide range of topics. The Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield is administered and operated by its volunteer members and its sponsors: the Virginia Center on Aging at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Chesterfield County Public Schools and Chesterfield County.

“Each of the instructors prepares well for the courses and presents an attitude that they really care about what they are doing. They also demonstrate an attitude of patience. The sessions are always impressive. I have come away from every session with information that I can apply and use in my computer environment,” said Claude G. Cooper, member, Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield.