The Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) received $6.6 million in federal and matching grant funds from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to develop a project to support access to broadband for vulnerable populations (low income, unemployed adults over age 55, and underserved minority groups) around Missouri. The MDHE project, entitled Pathways to Broadband Access and Technology Education, is a partnership with six community colleges to establish or expand a total of 23 public computer centers (PCCs) in targeted areas around the state.  Partner colleges include:  Jefferson College, Metropolitan Community College, Mineral Area College, Moberly Area Community College, St. Louis Community College and Three Rivers Community College.

The PCCs provide public outreach to the vulnerable populations in the community college service areas by providing broadband access and knowledgeable personnel for training. Courses in basic digital literacy are free of charge to the public. Digital literacy skills allow individuals to communicate and work more efficiently. Users learn everything from computer fundamentals to social networking. PCCs will also provide broadband for purposes such as telemedicine, small business development, education, job searches, research and personal enrichment.  Basic software programs will also be available to enhance student learning and skill acquisition.

MDHE Press Release

BTOP Reporting Deadlines

Digital Literacy Competencies

Partner Colleges


December 2010

Reports & Resources