OUR SCHOOLS: Cigna Donates Laptops to Every Hartford Public Schools College-bound Senior
On Tuesday, June 7th, 2016, college-bound seniors from Hartford Public High School’s Law and Government Academy gathered in their school library. Each of the approximately 50 students in the room is on his or her way to college in August, and they each received a loaded laptop from Cigna. Cigna, a global health insurance service company that offers health, dental, supplemental insurance and Medicare plans to individuals, families and businesses, is a strong community partner to Hartford Public Schools; they are dedicated to providing a laptop to every college-bound Hartford Public School senior.
In addition to Nick Wagner, Lead of Cigna’s Technology Early Career Development Program (TECDP,) in attendance were Mayor Luke Bronin, Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, Engagement and Partnerships Officer Deidre Tavera, Principal Jose Colon, Christine Schindler, TECDP Associate from Cigna, and instructional coach Cathy Morelli. Cigna’s Technology Early Career Development Program (TECDP) provides development programs in technology for undergraduates and graduates, and supports the professional development needs of associates and talent requirements of Cigna IT by providing challenging assignments, structured training and mentoring through a partnership between individual associates, program management and the IT organization.
The morning event at HPHS was an informal opportunity for students to receive their laptops from Cigna and for Dr. Narvaez and other HPS and Cigna staff to interact with students to talk about their college plans and how they plan to use their laptops.
Shamar Richards, a Senior High Honors Student, Captain of the Varsity Football Team, and member of the Varsity Swim team who will be attending Providence College in the fall, personally thanked the Cigna representatives and mentioned that, “receiving the laptop was a tremendous help to him.” Shamar also participates in the Hartford Youth Public Safety Program, a program that encourages and trains students for careers in public safety careers and has worked the past two summers at the Hartford Police and Fire Departments as part of this program. He also serves as Teaching Assistant in our Modified Physical Education class, where he works with students who have multiple disabilities. (You can hear his advice about College Access by clicking here.) Shamar is just one of the very many exemplary Hartford Public Schools students who work so hard to have achieved so much and who still can use a leg-up financially for college. This incredible gift from Cigna is just that. Many students in the HPHS Library corroborated that they would not be able to afford to buy their own laptops for college.
“We extend our deepest thanks to Cigna for their generosity. Helping our students with their technological needs effectively removes another barrier some of our students have in achieving their college goals. To have a powerful, excellent laptop, and technical assistance setting it up, is an invaluable gift to all of our most deserving students who might not be able to afford computers,” said Superintendent Beth-Schiavino-Narvaez, “Our students have worked very hard to get where they are — on the very cusp of their college dreams—and the laptops are a huge boost toward complete college-readiness for them. Again, on behalf of all of our college-bound seniors and their families, thank you, Cigna.”