The Communities Connect Network Project (CCNP) has upgraded 35 public computer centers throughout Washington State. These centers have been retrofitted to provide low-income families with direct access to computer resources, legal and health information, educational opportunities, and workforce development training. Funds from the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) of the Department of Commerce National Telecommunications & Information Administration have allowed CCNP to deploy more than 93 new workstations, serving an average of 420 users per week. Along with these computers, CCNP is also partnering with 22 organizations to provide each center with services that meet the needs of its visitors.
As a CCNP Training Partner, the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County provides financial literacy training for computer center staff, who learn concepts and techniques to teach local residents basic financial planning. Additionally, other Training Partners are implementing digital literacy and career building classes on a variety of topics, such as basic computer skills, social and digital media, job search fundamentals, interview skills, and resume creation.
By the end of 2012, CCNP will establish four new computer centers, upgrade 35 more, and distribute approximately 200 new workstations. CCNP has created a Web Portal for the digital inclusion community, providing them with a forum to exchange curriculum, share information, and access guidance on how to manage public computing centers.