Newest VISIONS Participants Receive Laptops

WINTERVILLE—A partnership between Altice USA and Durham’s Kramden Institute has resulted in Pitt Community College VISIONS students receiving their very own laptop computers.

During a Dec. 12 orientation session for newly-accepted VISIONS participants—all juniors at Pitt County high schools—Altice USA staff distributed 90 laptops and provided information on Altice Advantage Internet, a low-cost broadband service.

PCC VISIONS Program Director Rebecca Warren thanked Altice USA and Kramden Institute for their generous donation and support of the VISIONS program. In addition to completing class assignments and communicating with VISIONS staff, she said the laptops would serve as motivation for the students to follow through with their studies.

“Watching our students react to receiving their very own computers was priceless, and the smiles on their faces made it clear how much it meant to them,” Warren said. “I’m confident this remarkable act of kindness will go a long way toward helping our students achieve their educational goals.”

Lisa Stokes, community engagement manager at Altice USA, said supporting the VISIONS program stems from her company’s commitment to education and digital inclusion by providing access to the technology and broadband services students need for success.

“Altice USA is committed to promoting digital access to all students and families,” Stokes said. “The partnership with the Kramden Institute and Pitt Community College ensures that students have the tools necessary to pursue both graduation from high school and post-secondary education.”

Started in 2004 through a partnership between the PCC Foundation, Pitt County Schools and the Eddie & Jo Allison Smith Family Foundation, the VISIONS Career Development and Scholarship Program has provided nearly 1,000 local students with the support and direction they needed in order to receive their high school diplomas and move into higher education.