From jobs and training to low-cost broadband to service projects, the cable industry demonstrates its commitment to military veterans every day of the year, not just on Veterans Day.

Through its hiring, cable gives veterans a career, not just a job. In return, the cable industry adds highly skilled and disciplined employees with valuable talents and attributes to its workforce.

Since 2006, cable operators across the country, including several in Texas, participate in the Take a Veteran to School initiative from programmer HISTORY. Through events held at schools on or around Veterans Day, the popular public affairs outreach program connects veterans from all walks of life with students in schools and communities nationwide. Texas events this year were held by Altice USA (which provides Suddenlink services), Cable ONE and Charter Spectrum. 
In cities and towns across Texas, local cable operators and their employees make their communities a better place to live. Cable companies not only make financial and in-kind donations to numerous civic and charitable organizations, but employees volunteer thousands of hours of their time each year. Check out the latest cable industry community initiatives below.
  • UNT Space Science Family Fun Day: Altice USA employees volunteered at the Elm Fork Education Center at the University of North Texas in Denton. Employees were on hand to help man telescopes, search and identify meteorites, and assist children working to fulfill girl or cub scout badge requirements. Altice USA is a sponsor of the center’s 2018-2019 Field Trip Program, which provides environmental education programs to students of all ages from the surrounding communities.

  • First-ever computer lab for veteran community opens: Comcast on Nov. 1 partnered with Lone Star Veterans Association to officially open the first-ever computer lab for the veteran community in Houston. The lab’s 20 new computers and video conferencing equipment will expand the reach and access of veteran organizations to educational resources and in conducting professional development training. Comcast will also announce their Founding Partnership with Bunker Labs that will bring more programming to veteran entrepreneurs in the Houston community to increase their access to startup resources and an ecosystem of other entrepreneurs. Earlier this year, Comcast significantly expand eligibility of its broadband adoption Internet Essentials program to low-income veterans, nearly one million of whom live within the Comcast footprint. Read more.

  • Employee Resource Groups join together to lend a helping hand (with photo Comcast): It’s been more than one year since Hurricane Harvey affected the Houston area, but many families are still in need of support. In partnership with local nonprofit Rebuilding Together Houston, Comcast’s Unidos and Veterans Network (VetNet) Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) joined forces to provide much needed assistance and manpower to help residents of the Independence Heights community, one of the hardest hit areas following the hurricane. Read more.

  • Comcast Houston Beyond School Walls is back in session: Beyond School Walls is a one-to-one youth mentoring program through which children from local schools meet with an employee volunteer mentor every other week during the school year. The program introduces children to jobs at an early age, allowing them to experience what it means to work for a corporation and the educational requirements needed to achieve professional success. Each year, Comcast Houston partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston and Benbrook Elementary School bringing the magic of mentoring to life. For the 2018-19 school year, Comcast enlisted the help of TORO, the official mascot of the NFL’s Houston Texans to help start the year on a cheerful note. Read more.

  • 700 students across Houston empowered by Comcast Techpak: More than 700 students from across the city converged on the campus of Houston Community College’s West Loop Campus to attend Comcast Techpak and work with and learn from the best in the STEM industry. Comcast Techpak activities are designed to ignite interest in STEM learning to prepare local youth for careers that are continuously expanding yet have a shortage of candidates. The day’s accomplishments help prepare students to compete globally through analytical thinking and design learning that fosters creativity and innovation. Read more.
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