Thursday, March 6, 2014

Community Technology Center to open March 14 in KCK

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Kansas City nonprofit, Connecting for Good, has entered into a partnership with the Kansas City Kansas Housing Authority to operate a community technology center in one of their properties.

Located at 2006 N 3rd Street, the “Northeast Wyandotte County Community Technology Center” will work to spread digital literacy, Internet use and technology adoption in the area.

The new center offers a free training program and features a twenty PC public access computer lab and Wi-Fi hotspot.

In April 2013, the group set up a Wi-Fi network that provides free in-home Internet access to 300 households at the Juniper Gardens public housing project.

“Along with serving the families at Juniper Gardens, the center will be a much-needed resource for all residents of the Northeast neighborhood.” said Michael Liimatta, president of Connecting for Good. “Those who complete our free digital life skills classes, and qualify as low income, can purchase high quality refurbished computers for just $50.00."

Other classes to be offered include job seeking skills, various software applications and GED preparation sessions

“As we move forward with this project, we are looking to connect with local residents and community organizations agencies who want to work with us in this endeavor.” Liimatta said. “Together, we can close the Digital Divide by making Internet access and understanding of technology available to people with limited resources, As a result, we will see a lasting, positive impact on many lives.”

The public is invited to attend the free event on Friday, March 14th at 3 o,n,.  It is an opportunity to tour the facility and meet the staff.  Refreshments will be served.