Testimonials

From our Customers and Partners


John Concilus

Director of Educational Technology
Bering Strait School District

"SchoolAccess acts like an extension of our Educational Technology Department in many ways. Rather than just sell connectivity, and acting like a traditional vendor, SchoolAccess Help Desk staff work alongside our Ed Tech team 'virtually.' The SchoolAccess approach has been to make our goals their own and leverage resources to help us accomplish those things. They have provided sponsorship of our Student Broadcast Team, our annual IditaProject thematic unit, statewide experiential learning opportunities for our students, and many other initiatives that were instructionally focused, not about mere bandwidth or connectivity.


Todd Shechter

Chief Networking Engineer
Alaska Society for Technology in Education

"General Communications, Inc (GCI) has served as ASTE's chief Internet Service Provider for all of these years. GCI has matured over the years to meet ASTE's growing bandwidth needs with notable success. Over the years, GCI has followed ASTE to a number of conference centers in Anchorage. In each, GCI has paid to have fiber optical technologies brought in to the facility and in some cases paid for 'last mile' wiring bringing the best bandwidth possible to ASTE's users. During the most recent conference, GCI provided Internet access to over 1,200 WiFi enabled devices. Users of this service had nothing but praise to say of the Internet service that they were provided by GCI.


Darin Trobaugh

Education Program Coordinator
Alaska SeaLife Center

"The expertise that GCI provided in setting up and training us on the distance learning system was very beneficial to our educators, who wanted to focus on the content and not the technology. With GCI's support we have reached over 5,000 students across the U.S. since our program launched in 2005."

Robert Thomason, Ed.D.

Superintendent
Petersburg City Schools

"Petersburg City School District is very pleased with its relationship with GCI. The district considers GCI to be a strong and important partner in the overall mission of providing an outstanding education to the students of Petersburg. As a "cutting edge", "one-to-one laptop" remote island district that relies very heavily upon stable, fast, and trouble free broadband service, the district has come to expect exceptional service from GCI as the norm."

George Woltors

NW Territory Manager
One Vision

"GCI's School Access program has not only pioneered the delivery of video technology in bush Alaska, they have wrapped content and outreach around their service adding immense value. One Vision is proud to support the efforts of this innovative partner."

Les Martisko, Ph.D.

CEO
United States Academic Decathlon

"It is with great pleasure that I write to thank GCI for its support of USAD. Your contribution of live streaming the events during our National Competition was a great success. Our schools and families that were unable to attend the event had the opportunity to see their student(s) in person. Without GCI this would not have happened! USAD also appreciates GCI's representation on the USAD Board. Pam Lloyd has been an extremely valuable member serving as a Corporate Board Member of USAD. It is a great pleasure working with Pam. USAD looks forward to a continued partnership with GCI."

George Gladish

TAI Coordinator
Lower Kuskokwim School District

"GCI was very instrumental in the planning, designing, and implementation of our distance learning services. This support, along with the broadband services provided by GCI, has allowed our distance learning program to be second to none in Alaska."

Pearl Brower

President
Ilisagvik College

"GCI School Access has been a great partner for Ilisagvik College. In 2012 and 2013, they donated funds to support our annual STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) camp, which provides a fun and educational opportunity for rural Alaskan youth. We are very grateful to GCI School Access for their sponsorship!"

Paul Hieronymus

IVC Operations Chairman
2013 ISTE Conference

"GCI has been providing technical support for videoconferencing events at the ISTE Conferences in San Antonio and San Diego to the IVC Operations Teams for the past two years. Their knowledge and experience has been a key to our success."

Lars Flora

Director
NANANordic

"NANANordic has been a tremendous opportunity for our volunteers, the students of Northwest Arctic, NANA, and myself. GCI SchoolAccess makes it possible for our coaches and volunteers to communicate in the villages and most importantly make sure the students are safe by providing our coaches with mobile technology in the villages. The experience of visiting an Alaskan Village is one of kind and the opportunity to learn about a different culture has been amazing. Our entire volunteers ski all over the world and the experience of working with the students in the village is one of the highlights of year!"

Patrick Lampi

Executive Director
Alaska Zoo

"GCI has been an instrumental partner in helping the Alaska Zoo develop a Long Distance Education Program. This program provides a venue for the Alaska Zoo to expand the reach of its Education classes through video conferencing and the ability to share Education Programs with students throughout our state. GCI's expertise in telecommunications has guided us in the construction of our infrastructure capabilities that allow us to broadcast from almost every area of the Zoo. Starting with the initial planning phases to the now functional phases, the GCI staff is personable and informative and always willing to help us with any questions or needs."

"They have generously donated dedicated bandwidth to the zoo for this program. We look forward to working with GCI's SchoolAccess programs in Alaska, the State Library System's "Online With Libraries" (OWL) program & the Center for Collaborative Learning."

Ruth E. Blankenbaker

Former CEO
The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC)

"GCI is a company with an exceptionally strong reputation for its expertise in building out networks in rough terrains and for their deep knowledge in all aspects of videoconferencing. Throughout my several years of partnering with GCI, I have come to learn that those who work within the education division are dedicated to the mission of bringing world-class opportunities to all learners across Alaska, including some of the most remote corners of the state."

Dan Walker

Assistant Superintendent
Lower Kuskokwim School District

"Our administration realized our aggressive approach to educational achievement could only be met with a network that can support the growing number of mobile devices in our district and the increasing use of video conferencing for our classes. GCI SchoolAccess helped us transition off satellite and onto a terrestrial service that supports these goals."

Janet L. Zanetis

Chief Executive Officer
The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC)

"The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) has partnered with GCI SchoolAccess on many projects that have benefited and enriched the life of people both in Alaska and the lower 48. As a GCI partner, we have been able to expand our reach across Alaska with schools, universities, and libraries, creating interactive video projects such as cultural and environmental video education with the Alaska Sealife Center and bridging Alaska state libraries to rural communities."

"GCI is consistently supportive of utilizing technology to offer more resources to rural Alaskan students, whether that is through advocating grant proposals that support the use of technology within the classroom or connecting CILC with the University of Alaska Upward Bound program so that students can reach out and learn about careers and educational opportunities."

"Many of these achievements would not have come to pass without the leadership and resources of GCI and its Director Dr. Pam Lloyd, who is currently the chair of CLIC’s Board of Directors. We look forward to continuing our work with GCI on projects that create educational opportunities and foster lifelong learning and exploration"

Gary Baldwin

Former Superintendent
Lower Kuskokwim School District

"The most powerful thing in a traditional classroom is the connection between the teacher and the student. And that connection happens over two-way video."

John Monahan

Alaska Distance Education Consortium

"GCI is a strong educational partner with the Alaska Distance Education Consortium. GCI has helped to expand broadband, and bring technical solutions and instructional programming to high need areas. It is a pleasure to work with GCI and Pam Lloyd with the SchoolAccess education partnership. Pam has connected Upward Bound to educational resources that benefit students in their aspirations to be successful in college. The collaborative educational partnership between the Bridging the eSkills Gap in Alaska (BTOP) and GCI SchoolAccess has dramatically expanded the network of resources available to the project participants."

Dr. Mark Standley

CEO
Educating 4 Leadership

"Educating 4 Leadership provides student leadership and 1:1 resources for Alaska, other states, and the UK at present. We have benefited enormously from our partnership with SchoolAccess to provide these services. Specifically SchoolAccess has provided financial and personnel resources for our research, staff development, project deployment, and leadership roles within our organization and statewide for educators and students. We consider the contributions from SchoolAccess to be completely vital to our work and success during the past three years. We appreciate their support!"

Norman Eck, Ph.D.

Superintendent
Northwest Arctic Borough School District

"In the 15 years I have been an administrator in the Northwest Arctic Borough School District we have been utilizing Broadband services from GCI. Their service and the relationships we have with the people at GCI have been excellent. Delivering broadband services north of the Arctic Circle is no easy matter. Over these years GCI has always responded promptly to our work requests. The distances and the cold and lack of infrastructure are tough challenges. GCI is among the best of all vendors that we use for services to our students, faculties, and schools."

Valerie Oliver

Alaska USF/E-Rate Coordinator for Alaska Schools and Libraries

"GCI has a long track record of being a friend to schools and libraries in the State of Alaska. Despite the unpredictable timing of E-rate funding, GCI's willingness to work with anchor institutions by appling discounts and handling E-rate invoicing is a welcome relief when staff is small (or volunteer!). Steve Walker and his team at GCI deserve a big THANK YOU for finding ways to make the billing process understandable and manageable for the smallest of our schools and libraries."

Adan Delgado

Former Superintendent
Jemez Mountain School District

"The Jemez Mountain School District has purchased GCI SchoolAccess services for the past seven years. GCI has always serviced my school district impeccably. GCI has developed a product that eliminates many of the pitfalls of traditional piece-meal approaches to implement Internet services by bundling the most critical services into a concise package. Additionally, GCI is well established in the navigation of E-Rate protocols, has an outstanding technical support team, and has a highly competent education program manager."

  • "Our goals are never about the technology, but about instruction using technology in a variety of ways. GCI has been flexible and responsive enough to support our instructional integration as we have grown and changed as an organization."

    - John Concilus, Director of Educational Technology, Bering Strait School District