Bridging the Digital Divide

Link & Learn

Building a healthier, fairer economy starts with ensuring all students have equitable access to the high-quality education they need to obtain good jobs, grow businesses, or launch new companies.

Right now, that means helping students access the devices, internet connectivity, online resources, and other tools they need for remote learning.

Link & Learn is a groundbreaking public-private partnership led by One Acadiana, Love Our Schools, The Pugh Family Foundation, the William C. Schumacher Family Foundation, and Lafayette Parish School System to address the digital divide in our community.

Since late May, One Acadiana has worked alongside member and investor businesses and community partners to create and support connectivity solutions to enable all LPSS students to participate in remote learning, including:

  • Expansion of Wi-Fi access to cover parking lots at all 44 LPSS school locations
  • Deployment of 45 Wi-Fi-equipped school buses
  • Establishment of Link & Learn community networks at 2 locations
  • Creation of a new LPSS Link & Learn Help Desk staffed by LPSS technology coaches for 45 hours per week

Get Connected

Link & Learn Locator – Use our interactive map to find a Link & Learn Wi-Fi location near you.

Lafayette Parish – AT&T, Cox, and LUS Fiber are offering qualified families in Lafayette Parish access to low-cost, open, wireless internet to help students stay connected during the school year through the Link & Learn program. Click here to learn more.

Vermilion Parish – Kaptel, AT&T, and Cox are offering qualifying families in Vermilion Parish access to low-cost, open, wireless internet. Learn more here.

Link & Learn Help Desk – Assists students and families with questions about internet connectivity, device usage, and apps. Open 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. Visit helpdesk.lpssonline.com or call 337.273.0755.

Learn more about 1A’s educational attainment initiatives.

 

How to Help

You can make an online donation to the Link & Learn Fund through the Community Foundation of Acadiana. Click here to learn more.

Want to get more engaged? Email 1A’s Director of Workforce & Policy Initiatives Anna Osland.

 

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