HACE NEWS: HACE and Sage’s GoodTogether Foundation take a step in closing the digital divide

HACE NEWS: HACE and Sage’s GoodTogether Foundation take a step in closing the digital divide

Chicago, IL (December 13, 2016)- The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) and Sage’s GoodTogether foundation awarded six laptops to promising juniors from Marie Sklodowska Curie Metro High School on Friday December 9, 2016.

Curie high school has been part of HACE’s el Futuro program since early spring. El Futuro program is a career development program for high school students meant to help them achieve better college entrance and completion rates by improving their prospects for fulfilling careers. With the help of Sage’s GoodTogether foundation, and the laptops they provided, HACE hopes to reinforce the programs mission.

“Our mission at Sage’s GoodTogether foundation is to help eliminate the digital divide and by working with organizations like HACE we are one step closer in achieving that,” said William R. Waas, Executive Director of GoodTogether foundation.

The six-laptop recipients, D’Angelo Alanis, Alvin Wong, Jacky Mei, Cristian Uruena, Jose Cuevas and Javier Villanueva all want to pursue a career in STEM. In their winning essays they mentioned that with the help of the laptops they’ll be right on track to pursue their careers.

“Having a laptop can affect my future in high school,” said D’Angelo Alanis. “Since I stay after school I am able to use the computers there. If I have an assignment over the weekend that has to be typed I have trouble completing it.”

The digital divide affects many of these students who lack access to a computer outside of school. However, a new study from the Pew Research Center found that since 2009 Latinos using the Internet increased by 20 percentage points, which reduced the gap from 16 percentage points to only 5 percentage points. HACE and Sage’s GoodTogether Foundation is proud to be part of this contribution.

“My five year plan will be learning how to build apps, software and networks as an IT/IS professional for a business,” Javier Villanueva said. “I'll need to graduate college with a degree in Computer Science and earn an additional Information Security verification degree.”

HACE hopes to continue working together with Sage’s GoodTogether foundation to provide more students with the resources that will help them achieve their career success and progressively eliminate the digital divide in 2017.

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About HACE

The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) is a national non-profit dedicated to the employment, development, and advancement of current and aspiring Latino professionals. For over 32 years, HACE has served as a resource for Latinos in the workplace and a source of expertise and insight for corporations seeking to access them. Through professional development, resources and networks, and by facilitating access to meaningful career opportunities, HACE helps Latinos succeed in every phase of their careers. With a network of over 42,000 members across the country, HACE works with employers to remain competitive in an increasingly dynamic economy by helping them attract, develop and retain Latino and diverse professionals. For more information about HACE, please visit www.haceonline.org

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