Pilot program helping Bibb students gain Internet access at home

By Liz Fabian

Darriale Bradley couldn’t wait to connect to the Internet at her west Macon home.

She didn’t waste much time before signing up for the Connect2Compete program that hooked her up to the Web early this month.

“The fireworks cracked,” she said twice as she described the first time she signed on at home.

No other words could describe how happy she was to see “Google” appear on the screen, she told a television reporter documenting the occasion earlier this month.

From that search engine and other sites she is forging her quest for higher education.

The college search site www.cappex.com was the first place she surfed on her new hookup.

“I like Cappex because it also shows me the good colleges, not just those that are popular,” Bradley said.

The Southwest High School honor student used to have to sit in the WiFi zone of a McDonald’s parking lot to do her schoolwork or search for college opportunities.

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