Connected to Learning Nationwide – Stories

REDMOND,Wash。

June5,2001MicrosoftCommunityAffairstodayannouncedthesecondroundoftheConnectedLearningCommunity(CLC)grants,designedtoboostaccesstotechnologyincommunitieswhereMicrosoftmaintainsofficesintheUnitedStates。

Twenty-twogrants,totaling$310,000incashandover$1millioninsoftware,weremadetonon-profitorganizationsthathelpconnecttheunderservedtotechnologyincommunitiesfromOregontoConnecticut。

Formoreinformation,pleasevisittheMicrosoftCommunityAffairsWebSite。

Followingisadetaileddescriptionofeachgrantrecipient。

WestRegion

PAC-WESTDISTRICT

Worksystems,Inc。

Portland,Ore。

$12,800cashand$113,500software

WorksystemsYouthOpportunityCenterisoneof36sitesacrossthenationestablishedtobringtogetherpublic,privateandnonprofitresourcestoincreasethelong-termemploymentofyouththatliveinhighpovertyareas。

ThisgrantwillsupportfivePortland-arearesourceroomsandcomputerlabswithupgradeddesktopsandstate-of-the-artresourcestohelpyouthbecomebetterreadersandwriters,andoffercoursesinwebdesign,graphicdesignandmultimediaproduction。

Byprovidingopportunitiestodisadvantagedyouthtoimprovetheirtechnicalskills,Worksystemshopestohelpdecreasethestaggering55percenthighschooldrop-outrateandtoassistgraduatesinobtainingemployment。

NORTHERNCALIFORNIADISTRICT

HmongCulturalCenterofButteCounty,Chico,Calif。

$15,000cashand$19,600software

TheHmongCulturalCenterprovideseducationalservices,socialservicesandculturalprogramsfortheHmongpopulationofButteCounty,Calif。

whichishometothelargestconcentrationofHmongPeopleinCalifornia。

ThisgrantwillfundthecreationofTheDigitalCentercomputerlab,whichwillprovideafter-schooltutoring,Hmong/Englishlanguageclasses,Hmongmusicclasses,citizenshipclassesandasenioroutreacheffortamongtheHmongpeopleintheregion。

RosevilleScienceandTechnologyAccessCenter,Roseville,Calif。

$15,000cash

Locatedinasmall,ruralcommunity,theRosevilleScienceandTechnologyAccessCenter(STAC)wasfoundedinearly2001toprovidethislow-incomecommunitywithhands-onscienceandtechnologydiscovery。

TheCenterprovidesfreeandlow-costtrainingprogramsanddrop-inaccesstotechnologyresources。

Thisgrantwillsupportatechnologyaccesssummercampfor100youththatwillteachbasiccomputerskillsandInternetinstruction。

SOUTHERNCALIFORNIADISTRICT

CoachellaValleyHousingCoalition,Indio,Calif。

$15,000cashand$40,900software

CoachellaValleyHousingCoalition(CVHC)buildsaffordablehousingforthelow-incomecommunityoftheCoachellaValleyregionofSouthernCalifornia,targetingfarmworkersandlow-incomefamilies。

FundingfromthisgrantwillprovideresidentsoftheVillasOscarRomerohousingprojectwithapersonalcomputerineachofthe50unitsinthecomplex。

Thegoaloftheprogramisnotonlytoprovideaffordablehousingandasafeplacetolive,butalsotoprovidetheopportunitytoenhancequalityoflifethroughthedevelopmentofcomputerandeducationliteracy。

ROCKYMOUNTAINDISTRICT

DenverPublicSchools,Denver,Colo。

$10,000cashand$449,000software

TheDenverPublicSchoolsLearnandEarnprogramisdesignedtobuildtechnicalliteracy,enhanceacademicsuccessandincreasetechnologyresourcesforlow-incomestudentsandtheirfamilies。

ThisgrantwillsupporttheLearnandEarnprogram,whichprovides500predominantlylow-incomestudentswith40hoursoftrainingthatincludesbasiccomputerhardwareknowledge,aswellastroubleshooting,computerandprinterset-up,andInternetuse。

Studentsreceivetheirownrefurbishedcomputeruponcompletionofthisprogram。

SOUTHWESTDISTRICT

ComputersonWheels,LasVegas,Nev。

$15,000cashand$27,100software

ComputersonWheels(COWLAB)isablackandwhite

cow

aspottedbusequippedwithacomputerlabthatprovidestechnologyaccesstounderservedcommunitiesincountiesacrossNevada。

ComplementingtheClassroomonWheels,apreschoolprogram,COWLABofferstrainingtotheparentsofpreschoolersbasiccomputerskills,EnglishasaSecondLanguage,jobskills,GEDpreparationandparentingskills。

TheMicrosoftgrantwillsupportanewCOWLABbusandamobilecomputercenteroffering,inadditiontowhatCOWLABcurrentlyoffers,programsincareerassessmentandbasiclifeskills。

CentralRegion

NORTHCENTRALDISTRICT

JuniorAchievementCentralIowa,DesMoines,Iowa:$15,000cashand$47,400software

JuniorAchievementofCentralIowaisdedicatedtoeducatingandinspiringyouthtovaluefreeenterprise,businessandeconomicstoimprovethequalityoftheirlives。

ThegrantfromMicrosoftwillsupportthecreationof

ExchangeCity,

a30-personcomputerlabthatwillbeusedforseveralexistingJuniorAchievementprogramsandasacommunitycomputer-trainingcenter。

Nearly36,000peoplewillusethecomputerlabannually。

Itisanticipatedthatuserswillrangefrominner-cityschoolchildrentobusinessprofessionals。

MIDWESTDISTRICT

RISEInc。

Angola,Ind。

$15,000cashand$10,700software

RehabilitationandIndustrialServicesEnterprise(RISEInc。

)servesdevelopmentallydisabledadultsthroughtrainingandvocationalprograms。

RISEInc。

workstoprepare,empowerandsupportpersonswithdevelopmentaldisabilitiesandtheirfamiliesthroughvocationalandWelfaretoWorkprograms。

Microsoftfundingandsoftwarewillsupportsixnewcomputersinalabequippedwithavoiceactivationsystemforusebyparalyzedorphysicallyimpairedclients。

ProgramsforRISEclientswillincludedevelopingcomputerskillsforuseinfinancialmanagementandresumewritingwiththegoalofdevelopingmarketablejobskills。

GREATLAKESDISTRICT

AppalachiaEducationalLaboratory(AEL,Inc。

),Charleston,W。

Va。

$15,000cashand$1,400software

AELisaneducationalresearchanddevelopmentlaboratorywithamissiontoserveasacatalystforschoolsandcommunitiestoimprovelearningthroughfamilyinvolvement。

WithassistancefromMicrosoft,AELwillpurchasehardwareandsupportteacherswhowilltestapilotprograminfourschoolsinruralKentuckytoaddresstheproblemoffamily-schoolcommunication。

ThroughPhoneChannel,technologyteachersandparentswillbeabletoimprovecommunicationbyexchanginginformationfromtheteacherscomputertoafamilystelevisionscreen。

MIDAMERICADISTRICT

St。

PatricksCenter,St。

Louis,Mo。

$15,000cashand$57,200software

St。

PatricksCenterisamulti-servicecenter,workingwiththehomelessandthoseatriskofbecominghomelessintheSt。

Louisarea。

St。

Patricksmissionistomoveindividualsandfamiliesfromhomelessnesstoindependence。

FundingfromthisgrantwillsupportthepurchaseofcomputersforusebyclientsparticipatinginallsixofSt。

Patricksprogramareas,rangingfromadaytreatmentprogramtoresidentialhousingtoachild-carecenter。

Thegoalistoprovidetechnologyaccesstoallclients,nomatterwhatservicetheyareusing,sothattheybegintobuildskillsthatwillassistthemastheymoveoutofhomelessnessandintotheopportunitiesprovidedbyeducationandemployment。

SouthRegion

SOUTHCENTRALDISTRICT

CenterforComputerAssistancetotheDisabled,Dallas,Texas:$15,000cashand$30,300software

CenterforComputerAssistancetotheDisabled(C-CAD)workstohelpyoungpeoplewhoareblind,paralyzedorneurologicallyimpairedtoimprovetheirliveswithassistivetechnologies。

WiththisgrantfromMicrosoft,C-CADwilldesigncurriculumandprogramstoprovidetechnologyassessmentsandtrainingtoyouthwithvariousdisabilitiessotheyareabletouseassistivetechnologiestocommunicateoncomputers。

Softwarefromthisgrantwillsupportthetrainingandprograms。

Thisisthesecond$15,000CLCgrantMicrosofthasprovidedtosupportC-CADswork。

LASCOLINASPRODUCTSUPPORTSITE

NationalKidneyFoundationofNorthTexas,Dallas,Texas:$15,000cashand$26,800software

NationalKidneyFoundationofNorthTexas(NKFNT)willusethisgranttoprovideeducationalmaterialviaanonlinelibrarynetworkbeingmadeavailabletoallpatientsandfamiliesintheNorthTexasarea。

Computerswillbeplacedin77dialysisunitsandkidneytreatmentcenterssothatpatientsandfamiliescaneasilyaccessinformationregardingailments,symptoms,treatment,nutrition,medicationsandothercomprehensiveinformationaboutkidneydisease。

GULFCOASTDISTRICT

Hispanic-Connect。

com,Austin,Texas:$15,000cash

Hispanic-Connect。

comisaWebportalthatprovidesculturallyrelevantcontenttoAustinsHispanicandLatinocommunitiestohelpbridgethedigitaldividebybringingtheInternettechnologiestoAustinsEastside。

Thisisbeingdoneintwoways。

InpartnershipwiththeAustinIndependentSchoolDistrict,Hispanic-Connect。

comhasestablishanafter-schoolcomputertrainingprogram,Cyber-Surfer,thatseekstoprovideeconomicallydisadvantagedyouthwiththetechnicalknowledgerequiredtoparticipateinthefast-growingtechnologyfield。

MicrosoftfundingwillallowacurriculumwritertoincorporatethedigitaldividelessonplaninthecurrentAustinSchoolcurriculum。

FundswillalsobeusedtosupporttheCyber-Communityprogram,whichprovidesInternetaccessandtrainingtothelocalcommunitythroughtheplacementofcomputerswithInternetaccessinthestorefrontsofareabusinesses。

GULFSTATESDISTRICT

DowntownJimmieHaleMission,Inc。

Birmingham,Ala。

$15,000cashand$23,900software

TheDowntownJimmieHaleMission,JessiesPlaceandRoyalPinesassistdisadvantagedandhomelessmen,womenandfamiliesinachievingself-sufficiency。