Felician University receives $2.3M federal grant for technology

Felician University is the recipient of a new, $2.3 million grant that will upgrade and expand the university’s broadband infrastructure, computing resources and online technologies, to make remote learning fully accessible.

This U.S. Department of Commerce grant is part of the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program and the Biden Administration’s Internet for All initiative. Funding from this grant program aims to expand technology and reliable high-speed internet access across the nation.

The grant will also be used to teach telehealth best practices to three cohorts of Felician University students in nursing, counseling psychology, and behavior and autism studies.

Felician will partner with three organizations serving communities who will benefit from the collaboration of the telehealth-based services and resources. They are the Franciscan Community Development Center’s Community Based Psychotherapy Center, Mount Carmel Guild Academy, and the South Bergen Jointure Commission.

“We are very grateful for this $2.3 million award. The grant is important to Felician as it allows us to achieve our goals of building broadband capacity and furthering broadband access, while improving digital skills across the institution and in the communities we serve,” University President James Crawford, III said.