Allegany County Digital Opportunity
Building a community-wide infrastructure in partnership with government and industry to bridge the digital divide and prepare a tech-ready workforce in Allegany County.
Through partnerships between schools, local community colleges, and businesses, P-TECH graduates can earn both a high school diploma and an Associate Degree.The P-TECH education model, co-developed by IBM, is an innovative, nationally recognized approach that blends high school, college, and work experience. In six years or less, students graduate with a high school diploma and a no-cost, two-year Associate Degree. These students will also benefit from career experience and mentorship in the workplace and will be first-in-line for skilled jobs upon graduation through partnerships with private sector participants. Each P-TECH school works with industry partners and a local community college to ensure an up-to-date curriculum that is academically rigorous and economically relevant.
Allegany County Government was a partner and founding member of the ALLCONET internet Partnership, which consisted of the Allegany County Government, Allegany County Board of Education, Allegany County Library System, and the City of Cumberland. The cooperative partnership planned, managed, and provided Email, internet, Intranet, and Web Hosting services for the partners as well as numerous non-profit organizations.
The partnership planned and implemented a carrier class wireless network that has allowed for improved inter-organizational communication, reduced telecommunications costs per month and provided businesses access to services previously out of reach. The partnership provided access to the first GigE connection in Allegany County.