FREE Wi-Fi was launched at all the campuses of the Motheo Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College.This step made it the first public college in the province to have free Wi-Fi. The management of the college saw the need to help students access internet, not only in the laboratories, but even around the college grounds, and this led to the installation of the free Wi-Fi. With the high cost of data, some students cannot afford to buy it.But while at the college, they will have free access to the internet to surf, do research or use social media. The official launch took place recently at the Student Support Services building of the Bloemfontein Campus. This historic event was made possible by Ntosamo, Moben and the Free State Development Corporation (FDC) as sponsors. Ntosamo and Moben have an agreement to provide ad-funded internet services in terms of which Ntosamo will be responsible for sourcing hotspots hosted by the college through the institution’s Wi-Fi infrastructure and internet connectivity. The FDC is a specialist economic development agency formed to offer the Free State people and potential investors a wide selection of services. It helped in installing the broadband to provide connectivity. Ikraam Osman, FDC chief executive, said in his address that this was the first attempt to connect at a learning institution. Dipiloane Phutsisi, Motheo TVET principal, said the college saw a need to ensure access with success by venturing into internet connectivity. She said the Wi-Fi will help to increase the pass rate at the college and with 20 000 students registered at the college, free Wi-Fi will help them to apply for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) online. “This also tends to be a financial benefit to the college, because there are adverts appearing just before you access Wi-Fi and those adverts generate income for the college. “This initiative will not only be there for individuals but further promotes the implementation of e-Learning currently taking place at the college. We have introduced e-Learning at the college to support teaching and learning and also to advance and integrate technology and education. The ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) is encouraged at the college and between classes student can do assessments online, check what lecturers posted on YouTube or blackboard,” said Phutsisi.Adv. Xolile Xuma, chairperson of the council, said the event marked one among many of the college achievements attained during the year. On 12 October, the college received a Diamond Arrow Award from the PMR, which is an independent company researching on best practices across sectors and awarding excellence. “We are honoured indeed to have partners like the FDC and the Free State Government as our key strategic partners.” He acknowledged Ntosamo and Moben for bringing to the college a way to increase capital through electronic means. Xuma also thanked the FDC in advance for funding the installation of optic fibre across the six campuses.