Washington -- Saying that they are advancing cable's
commitment to serving the public, Time Warner Cable and C-SPAN announced a $750,000
education initiative last week to encourage young people to consider careers in government
and the public sector.
The initiative, known as "The Common Good," would
launch a nationwide competition for high-school students to spend a week here next summer
to learn more about public-service careers.
"There is no more important mission in America today
than to encourage the spirit of public service in our youth," Time Warner Cable
chairman Joseph Collins said. "This new program can help to do that, building on the
free cable connections, commercial-free educational programming and teacher training we
have been providing to America's schools for more than a decade."
In order to participate, students must be enrolled in
high-school courses that include C-SPAN programming and resources in class curriculum.
Students are required to submit projects that demonstrate an understanding of public
service by May 1.
C-SPAN chairman Brian Lamb said the goal of the program was
to foster an educated and informed electorate.
"The purpose of this project is to ensure that
high-school students recognize the opportunity and achievement in public service, whether
it's as a career or a volunteer," Lamb said.
In addition to an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington,
competition winners will participate in daily education seminars, Capitol Hill visits,
sightseeing and historic tours.
States News Service.