Shopping for school supplies. Buying new clothes. Catching up with friends. All of those experiences made back-to school a wonderful time when I was young. And students today experience the same thrills.

As adults, the bustling days of late summer and early fall bring a different form of excitement. We can see the step our students are taking toward their futures, how lessons they learn today will shape their tomorrows. 

And while when I was young being prepared to go back to school meant making sure I had my pencils and paper ready, students now need more than they can fit inside their backpacks to prepare for the education they need. Broadband access at school and at home is an increasingly important part of equipping today’s students for academic achievement and career skills.

High school graduates who consider themselves “online” are twice as likely to go to college as those who do not use the internet, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Those findings show just one way broadband can benefit our students.

Skills essential to most modern workplaces — and even more vital by the time our current students join the workforce — depend on an understanding of modern, internet-based communications.

Mechanics reference online repair manuals to help diagnose troublesome cars. A heating and-air technician might use online tools to track a customer’s maintenance history or to schedule appointments. And that’s just the beginning because technology is becoming more and more intertwined with every job.

Providing access to the information contained in the online world, as well as the skills needed to access that information, is critical for every student. They need the ability to learn the skills today that will shape their future careers.

Ample research also supports the importance broadband internet plays in our educational system. SAT scores are higher for students who have access to high-speed internet by their junior year of high school compared to those without the resource, according to a 2015 study by the U.S. Federal Reserve Board. Sixty percent of surveyed school districts reported that distance learning over broadband was important to giving students access to advanced placement courses, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce study.

Results like these are the foundation of why we have worked so hard to build a high-speed broadband network. You see, while I’m glad our network allows our youth to stream movies or play their favorite video games, I’m even more pleased our service allows educators to use new and engaging ways to teach. We’re proud our network allows children and parents to get help with homework and to connect with tutoring services. The entire team here at

NCTC is very proud our network lets students pursue their passions through research or by developing skills in their chosen careers.

As your local telecommunications provider, we want to give educators the resources to\ make our children successful — and then provide the technology those students need to start careers, open small businesses and raise families right here at home.

North Central has equipped generations of local families with the communication tools they need to thrive. We can’t wait to see what the next generations do with the skills they are learning today. It’s just one more reason to greet the new school year with excitement.

 

 

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