Public Computer Centers

Smart Chicago has a grant agreement with the City of Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology to complete the work under award No. 17-42-B10553 of the Public Computer Centers portion of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has also awarded a grant to support this project.

The SmartChicago PCC project page on the NTIA Web site has a wealth of information, including the project application, the award agreement, and quarterly reports filed by the City. Here’s the project summary:

According to a 2009 study commissioned by the City of Chicago, as many as 40 percent of city residents lack home broadband access, making libraries and other public computer centers essential resources for employment, training, and educational opportunities. Over 60 percent of Chicago libraries now report average wait times for a computer of three hours or longer. The SmartChicago Public Computer Centers project proposes a wide-scale upgrade and expansion of workstation capacity at more than 150 locations, including city libraries, community colleges, public housing sites, workforce centers, senior centers, after-school programs, and other community locations throughout Chicago. The project will provide hundreds of thousands of hours of training, including digital literacy instruction and assistance for job seekers. The project plans a specific focus on low-income residents, at-risk youth, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and the unemployed.

Smart Chicago has a number of sub-recipients performing the work under this award, all of whom are supplying matching funds:

 

 

2 Responses

  1. Tracy Lawes March 21, 2014 / 7:55 am

    I saw that an event was run in Jauary called –
    Teaching Digital Skills in the Context of English as a Second Language
    January 24 · 11:00 AM by the Chicago Community Trust. I am looking at designing a programme for teaching digital skills (as part of a Digotal Inclusion programme) to people with literacy issues and english as a second language. Can you point me at any research of resources that I can use to look at key issues and how best to tailor these courses for these kinds of students please?

    Many Thanks
    Tracy Lawes

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