October 7, 2008
Yuba Community College District Offers AT&T Wireless Internet Access to Students
MARYSVILLE, Calif., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T Inc. has announced that the company has contracted with the Yuba Community College District (YCCD) to provide wireless Internet access to the roughly 11,000 students attending the district's two Northern California colleges, Yuba College in Marysville and Woodland Community College.
With campuses in Clearlake, Marysville and Woodland, Calif., YCCD offers a wide variety of programs in the arts and sciences as well as in vocational and technical fields.
AT&T designed and implemented a wireless local area network (WLAN) solution for the district while training YCCD's information technology staff on how to administer and maintain the new system. The WLAN allows students and faculty to access the Internet on their personal laptops in campus courtyards, libraries, cafeterias and parks. Students access the Internet to conduct research for term papers and reports, check class syllabi, view school materials, pay bills, check e-mail, download and listen to music and chat with friends.
"The students love it," said Scott Snelgrove, computer network services manager, YCCD. "We're seeing groups of students working together in the library or the cafeteria, and more kids are now coming here on weekends to get access."
The AT&T WLAN solution is secure and reliable, featuring state-of-the-art security, with students and faculty using their identification numbers to log on. The WLAN solution is also reasonably priced for YCCD, which is funding the wireless Internet installation from a $190 million capital expenditure bond that voters approved in November 2006 to finance the district's facility master plan. A small portion of that bond was budgeted for wireless Internet.
"AT&T's wireless Internet solution has been great for our college and for our students," Snelgrove said. "The reliability of the product and AT&T's work in setting it up has been just terrific."
YCCD has had a long and productive relationship with AT&T, which provides local and long distance service for hundreds of the district's office phones.
About Yuba Community College District
The Yuba Community College District spans eight counties and nearly 4,200 square miles of territory in rural, north-central California. It has colleges in Marysville and Woodland, an educational center in Clearlake, and will be adding outreach facilities in Sutter and Colusa Counties as part of the Measure J facilities bond. More information on the District can be found at http://www.yccd.edu/.
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