Greater Flint Health Coalition to Integrate Digital Skills Training Thanks to Grant and Laptop Donations from Comcast

Comcast is giving a $50,000 grant and 60 laptops to the Greater Flint Health Coalition (GFHC) to help residents in GFHC’s Flint Healthcare Employment Opportunities (FHEO) program get connected to the digital world.  

GFHS will host digital skills development sessions by trained Digital Navigators who will educate participants about broadband adoption and the many ways the internet can benefit them. Digital Navigators are trusted voices in the community who provide direct outreach to residents about free and low-cost affordable internet options and how to build their digital skills. Participants will also learn about the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) that makes internet in the home free for eligible households.  

“The lack of digital skills and reliable equipment can keep residents from applying for jobs and accessing education opportunities,” said Jim Ananich, president and CEO of Greater Flint Health Coalition. “The funding from Comcast will make it easier for our program participants to connect to the internet and take advantage of the services they need to succeed.” 

The grant is part of Project UP, our comprehensive initiative to advance digital equity and help build a future of unlimited possibilities. Backed by a $1 billion commitment to reach tens of millions of people, Project UP encompasses the programs and community partnerships across Comcast, NBCUniversal, and Sky that connect people to the Internet, advance economic mobility, and open doors for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, storytellers, and creators. 

“Our partnership with Greater Flint Health Coalition will give Flint residents the resources to flourish in today’s digital age,” said Ben Miller, director of government and regulatory affairs for Comcast in Michigan. “Supporting our local communities is core to Comcast’s DNA and we’re proud to partner with the FHEO program to help increase digital literacy and access in the region.”  

As GFHC’s oldest program and the sole designated healthcare service provider in Genesee County by GST Michigan Works!, FHEO helps unemployed or underemployed residents in Genesee County get training education and ultimately secure sustainable employment in the local healthcare sector. Tuition, healthcare career exploration training, job development assistance and more are included in the program. Eligibility requirements include demonstration of circumstances that make it difficult to focus on career transition. 

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