Technology Grant Awarded to Community Colleges

7 years 4 months 10 hours ago Thursday, September 16 2010 Sep 16, 2010 Thursday, September 16, 2010 9:37:33 AM CDT September 16, 2010 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A $4.9 million grant was awarded by the Broadband Technology Opportunities program to seven Missouri community colleges, which is part of the stimulus package. The goal of the grant is to provide public computer access and basic digital literacy in areas with high poverty and high unemployment rates.

To launch these services, the department of higher education has partnered with Jefferson College, Metropolitan Community College, Mineral Area College, Moberly Area Community College, Ozarks Technical College, St. Louis Community College and Three Rivers Community College.

The funds will provide about 600 new workstations, 130 more computers in 19 new computer centers and four upgraded centers. Some of the centers will be located on campus while other will be in workforce training and education centers.

The services will also teach people computer basics like Word processing, spread sheets and how to use the internet. The goal is to provide unemployed individuals the skill set needed to apply and be successful in their career.

All labs will be completely open to the public.

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