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A Short Broadband Story: The Tech Enablers

Fixed or wireless broadband provides growth opportunities for those that can access, afford, and understand how to effectively use the internet.

At the core of internet use is email and search. If an individual does not have a learning environment of available internet, learning marketable skills becomes much harder.

Additionally, a portable computer like a smartphone or laptop does not need to have a lot of expensive hard-drive space, thanks to the cloud. The cloud provides untold storage and application opportunities; provided you have broadband to maintain the operating system and app updates.

A Basic Cloud Computer: the Chromebook

A Chromebook is a budget-friendly alternative to a Windows laptop or MacBook.

A-B Tech Continuing Education Instructor Marc Czarnecki - 'Chromebook is easy to use and inexpensive'

A-B Tech Continuing Education Adjunct Instructor Marc Czarnecki – ‘Chromebook is secure, easy to use, and inexpensive laptop’

Chromebooks run on the Google operating system Chrome Operating System. The Chrome web browser is the only browser available to use; which means it securely compliments the Google app ecosystem including:

  • Gmail
  • Contacts
  • Calendar
  • Drive
    • Docs
    • Sheets
    • Slides
    • Forms
    • Sites
    • Drawings
    • Maps
  • YouTube
  • and many more…

Community Tech Enablers

Thanks to community enablers like Western Carolina Rescue Ministries (WCRM) and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech), a remote classroom is available with fast, dependable Wi-Fi broadband.

On August 30th, Executive Director and Pastor at WCRM praised the 7th graduation cohort of their A-B Tech Chromebook class graduates. Students were engaged with 2 months, 8 weeks, 24 classes, 36 credit-hours of computer basics around the Chromebook and the Chrome web browser. Many students leveraged Gmail and Google Drive while using the Chromebooks during class.

Maria Spadaro, Director of Workforce Continuing Education at A-B Tech Community College awarded certificates; including Rodney, CJ, and Misty.

A-B Tech CE Adjunct Marc Czarnecki proudly shares the certificate awarded to Chromebook 101 class graduate, Misty

“Committing and learning are important skills for everybody.”

Michael Woods, Executive Director at WCRM

Community Digital Assets

What other community broadband and digital assets does Western North Carolina have?

Please contact your WNC Digital Navigator Marc Czarnecki, Web Tech Czar and share your WNC broadband stories by:

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Professional Development

Philip Cooper at A-B Tech

Broadband provides not only the ability to work from home; but also the ability to engage with professional development. In Philip’s interview he talks about how his employer, A-B Tech ‘thought out-of-the-box’ for the COVID environment; leveraging high-speed internet for continued operations with home-office setup, hotspots, and more.

Philip leverage “LinkedIn Learning’s Communicating with Diplomacy and Tact Online” for his professional decevelpment –

Broadband provides professional development opportunities


A-B Tech Economic Development Philip Cooper

Change Agent

Philip Cooper

During Philip Cooper’s employment at our local community college, Philip became a ‘Change Agent’ for his work in the human resource development area. Carrying that further, Philip opened his own consultancy, ‘Change Agent Cooper LLC’ to help in gaps and disparities.

Philips talks about how broadband and social media help to communicate upcoming trainings, job fairs, and information to friends. Inspire or retire is his hashtag to help personal and professional development. He defines social media with his personal calling and careers.

Philip Cooper talks to Marc Czarnecki about how he uses ‘Change Agent’ online

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Introduction to Philip Cooper the Xennial

Connecting with People with Hashtags

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Philip Cooper the Xennial

‘Change Agent’ Philip Cooper calls himself a Xennial; a mix between millennial and a GenX. How does a Xennial use broadband? This series discusses topics around Philip Cooper, a native Western North Carolinian from Rutherford County and broadband.

Philip talks about Maslow’s hierarchy of shelter and and food. How does digital inclusion and digital equity fit here? More focused, what about our criminal justice system and the prisoner re-entry program of a community workforce development plan.

A Gateway computer was Philips introduction to technology as a Xennial. He is a socialite with computers.

#AppalachiaStrong Philip Cooper, a Xennial