University of Michigan Graduate Students spend time working with Connecting for Good; Local Kansas City & Digital Divide leadership


Huge thanks to the four Master’s students from University of Michigan Ross Business School for their work with CEO Tom Esselman, COO Rick Deane and the entire CFG staff this past week.

This is the 2nd year U of M students have worked with the organization to refine processes and provide recommendations for future program enhancements. They also had a chance to meet with local Kansas City leadership as well as those organizations focused on bridging the digital divide throughout our community.

We can’t wait to read about what these students learned and how they think our programs can be made better! Watch for some great ideas being implemented soon!

Team IBAM consists of Iris Nguyen, Mikaela Rodkin, Aaron Steiner, and Blake Van Fleteren, members of the Ross MBA Class of 2017.

Follow #RossOpenRoad to learn more.

Open Road is sponsored by the Zell Lurie Institute, the Center for Social Impact, and General Motors.

03. June 2016 by Michael Levine
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Another First for Kansas City: Free Google Fiber For Low-Income Housing Residents

Some low-income housing residents in Kansas City now have some of the fastest Internet in the country — for free.

Kansas City is the first place Google Fiber is giving away its premier service, at no cost to users or the government. That’s because the city has become a primary laboratory in the effort to close the digital divide.

06. February 2016 by Carol Meyers
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New Linwood Area Computer Center Opens


To better serve Kansas City’s urban core, Connecting for Good has established a new public access computer lab and learning center in the newly renovated Linwood Presbyterian complex, located near the intersection of Linwood Boulevard and Highway 71.

The center provides Internet access, training and resources to close the Digital Divide in an inner city community where as few as one in five households has a computer and in-home connection.


The facility has a computer lab that has free public access. Regular classes are conducted on computer basics and use of the Internet and email. It is also a place where high school students can bring their school-issued laptops and tablets to do their homework and other constructive activities.

The center has a special emphasis on providing digital skills to help area residents improve their employment possibilities. Workforce development classes go beyond basic digital literacy training to include more advanced classes in such topics as online job search, resume development, and basic Microsoft Word and Excel.


16. October 2015 by Tom Esselman
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