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Grant Description
The Phoenix College (PC) Boundless Broadband Transforming Minority Communities Project aims to improve and expand institutional broadband capacity, increase broadband access for underserved and underrepresented communities, and promote all-inclusive and online-based academic and career pathways. The goal is to connect anchor communities to high-demand and high-paying jobs in information technology, including cybersecurity, networking, and cloud computing.

The PC Boundless Broadband Transforming Minority Communities Project intends to build broadband for and increase access to underserved communities. To achieve this, PC will:

1. Expand broadband connections and training of college IT staff, student internships, and IT staffing.
2. Enable remote access to Close2Home, PC's broadband accessible remote services platform.
3. Expand broadband bandwidth at college satellite campuses.

In order to increase broadband access, PC will:

1. Establish a 24x7 coworking academic space to provide students with access to tools and hardware needed for study.
2. Create a Flex Facility (Flexible Learning Experiences) to provide students with flexible learning across multiple modalities.
3. Extend PC's laptop loaner program and grant laptops to students in need.
4. Establish a help desk providing support to students and education and awareness on broadband programs and adoption.
5. Introduce mobile learning modules to expand and create new capacity in computer science STEM education, 3D modeling, cybersecurity, eSports, and support for English second language (ESL) learners.
6. Establish a workforce curriculum for an emerging wireless market certificate program.
7. Provide laptops, broadband routers, and training in digital tools, broadband education, and awareness support for ESL students.
8. Transform digital cloud computing, web design, introduction to cybersecurity, and digital literacy certificate programs for remote education.

Over the course of the project, Phoenix College's institutional capacity will be increased ten-fold, and 800 devices will be deployed to high-need, low-income students. More than nine technology staff members will support broadband education, awareness, and support. The project will create new and convert existing open educational resource materials with recognized faculty subject matter experts across multiple program areas. It will also create a new 12-credit certificate program in emerging wireless technologies and expand PC's capacity to deliver workforce academic pathways.

Phoenix College students and faculty, as well as the anchor community in Phoenix, Arizona, will benefit from this program. Students will have increased access to devices, remote access via Close2Home, and access to a 24x7 support facility. Students in the English as Second Language program will have access to hundreds of laptops, and all students will have the ability to access a cache of hot spots for at-home and mobile use. Students will have more opportunities to connect to on-campus and remote educational resources and services.

Phoenix College faculty and staff will benefit from the expanded broadband network. Staff will gain professional skills in developing resources specifically for remote education. Minority communities in the anchor community will benefit from outreach with college services and broadband connectivity information. Anchor communities will also have expanded workforce development opportunities.

The recipient does not intend to subaward funds.
Place of Performance
Phoenix, Arizona 85013-4208 United States
Geographic Scope
Single Zip Code
Related Opportunity
Analysis Notes
COVID-19 $4,256,739 (100%) percent of this Project Grant was funded by COVID-19 emergency acts including the CARES Act.
Amendment Since initial award the total obligations have decreased 50% from $8,513,477 to $4,256,739.
Maricopa County Community College District was awarded Boundless Broadband: Transforming Minority Communities Project Project Grant 0409C13028 worth $4,256,739 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology in March 2023 with work to be completed primarily in Phoenix Arizona United States. The grant has a duration of 2 years and was awarded through assistance program 11.028 Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program.


Last Modified 3/3/23

Period of Performance
Start Date
End Date
62.0% Complete

Funding Split
Federal Obligation
Non-Federal Obligation
Total Obligated
100.0% Federal Funding
0.0% Non-Federal Funding

Activity Timeline

Interactive chart of timeline of amendments to 0409C13028

Additional Detail

SAI Number
Award ID URI
Awardee Classifications
Public/State Controlled Institution Of Higher Education
Awarding Office
Funding Office
Awardee UEI
Awardee CAGE
Performance District
Not Applicable

Budget Funding

Federal Account Budget Subfunction Object Class Total Percentage
Connecting Minority Communities Fund, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Commerce (013-0561) Other advancement of commerce Grants, subsidies, and contributions (41.0) $4,256,739 100%
Modified: 3/3/23