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Oklahoma City University Wins Federal Grant to Establish Public Computer Center
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University will spend more than $2 million to create an Intergenerational Computer Center that will expand broadband access in the surrounding community. OCU received a $1.4 million federal broadband stimulus grant from the Department of Commerce for the project and will provide $747,000 in matching funds. The center, which will be open to the public, will feature more than 110 workstations located in four computer rooms and in a mobile classroom that will travel around the community. Numerous classes will be offered to address the interest and needs of residents form preschool age through retirement. Computers will also be available for individual use. OCU faculty and students, as well as local volunteers, will provide training in basic computer skills, using the internet, workforce training, math and reading skills, professional development for teachers, language instruction, health and wellness, consumer protection and more. “We are pleased to partner with an important group of local agencies to expand broadband and computer access in our increasingly technology-driven society,” said OCU President Robert Henry. “As Oklahoma City’s university, we look forward to reaching out in yet another way to benefit the heart of our community.” Project partners include the United Way of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Association of Youth Services, Boys and Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County, Sunbeam Family Services, Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma City Public Schools and Smart Start Oklahoma.