Summer Newsletter

Member colleagues,

As summer comes to a close, I’m increasingly excited about CEN’s team, products, service and enormous potential for growth.

Thank you for a successful fiscal year and for all who participated in the 2019 Member Conference this past May. Our community is vibrant, on full display at events like these, and something truly special inside Connecticut. We will be commemorating 20 years of CEN at next year’s conference and look forward to your help in celebrating this milestone.

The CEN team continues to bring value to the membership through its pursuit of excellence in the delivery of its service and product offerings. Our 2019-2024 Strategic Plan is complete, and with your help, will come to fruition over the coming years. Thank you for sharing in that ambition and for your continuous feedback on your objectives, how to improve the network, and provide even more value. We’ve organized the newsletter updates to align our shared goals and to help provide reporting on overall progress. Our membership is the true core of the network, and we look forward to hearing and sharing more!

This newsletter is a big part of our goal to improve member communication. We will be leveraging this format to share our collective success stories and to keep you updated on what is happening inside the organization and across the CEN ecosystem. Sharing these stories and collaborations across the membership makes us stronger, together. We promise to keep the information concise.

We hope everyone has had a chance to enjoy some time off over the summer months to recharge for the beginning of a new academic year and to close out the calendar year strong.

View the CEN Summer Newsletter!


Scholarships Support Diversity and Inclusion in Information Technology at 2019 Internet2 Global Summit

Internet2 announced today seven recipients of scholarships aimed at increasing the meaningful participation of underrepresented information technology professionals, from both the national and global research and education communities, ahead of its annual meeting, the Internet2 Global Summit event, taking place in Washington, D.C. from March 5-8.

The scholarship recipients are:

  • Rachael Collard, publicity and marketing coordinator, Connecticut Education Network

Prospect Public Library Gets Grant to Connect to Connecticut Education Network

The state’s Library Board awarded the Prospect Public Library $27,825 in grant funding for a high-speed fiber connection to the Connecticut Education Network. According to a release, the grant covers all costs related to installing the fiber connection to the library. It is anticipated the connections will be completed later this year. In 2015, the General Assembly appropriated $3.6 million for Grants-in-Aid for high-speed connections to the Connecticut Education Network. In 2016, the state’s Bond Commission approved an allocation and bond authorization to the State Library that would fund high-speed internet connections for more than 90 libraries in the state.

Schools Grapple with Digital Divide

At a recent convention of Connecticut school officials, Nick Caruso asked 50 school board members and superintendents what their districts do for students who lack internet access at home. Most didn’t even know whether their district has a policy, said Caruso, a senior staff associate for the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education and member of the Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology.