The Texas Connects Coalition reaches significant computing milestones and is celebrating with Open Houses

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Austin Free-Net and Technology For All, partners in the Texas Connects Coalition (TXC2), achieved a major milestone recently byserving one million users at free Public Computer Centers across the state.

“We could not reach this milestone without the inspiring work and expertise of our

Get your free stickers on Jan. 31st at our Open Houses and Public Computer Centers

Program Specialists. They train users in many new skills in many different communities. Thanks to them, the Texas Connects Coalition is cementing its place as the leader of digital inclusion in Texas,” says Dr. Will Reed, CEO and President of Technology For All, and Managing Director of TXC2.

As part of a federal grant, the partners provide computers and technology to sites at underserved communities throughout Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and rural Texas. The partners also reached another significant milestone, providing over two million hours of computer training to students on a wide range of technology-related topics. These topics include basic computing, Internet, Email, job skills, and Microsoft Office.

To celebrate, three of our locations are hosting Open Houses on Thursday, Jan. 31st with special demonstrations, tours and light refreshments in Austin, Houston and Smithville.  You are invited!  Click ”Read More” for locations and times.

  • Austin Free-Net, The DeWitty Center, 2209 Rosewood Ave., Austin, from noon to 5 p.m.
    Clients will receive light refreshments and complimentary resume reviews from Austin Free-Net Staff Trainers
    Full demonstrations of classroom activities as well as Reading Companion online reading program provided by IBM.
    Guided tours of four computer labs, including the Jobs Lab
  • Technology For All, 2220 Broadway, Houston
    Free high-speed Internet access and hands-on demonstrations for use and safety
    Information on free computer technology training
    Receive a “free sticker” just for participating!
    Call 713-454-6412 for “Open House” locations and additional programming
  • Technology For All-RTSA, 111 Main St., Smithville, from 1 to 5 p.m.
    iPad demonstration presented by Technology For All staff members.
    Opportunity to have hands on experience at our computer stations with high speed Internet.
    Discussion of various programs offered by Technology For All in 14 counties.
    Light refreshments will be available.

The Texas Connects Coalition currently supports 34 Program Specialists who offer free computer skills training, support, and one-on-one, personalized assistance in 91 Public Computer Centers (PCCs), all located within local organizations such as libraries and community centers.

Each PCC is equipped with new computer technology and the Microsoft Office Suite software (through a Microsoft grant), along with a Program Specialist. This structure gives underserved communities free access to many digital benefits that people might not have otherwise, such as online job applications and computer office skills training to help them find work or a better paying job.

Austin Free-Net and Technology For All formed the Texas Connects Coalition in 2009 to empower Texans through broadband and computer technology access and training. In 2010, Technology For All received a $9.6 million U.S. Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant to create and sustain Public Computer Centers.

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Media Contacts:

Austin Free-Net
Mimi Tilton
Mimi.Tilton@austinfree.net
(512) 236-8225 ext. 23

Kathryn McGranahan
Technology For All
Program Assistant
Kathryn.McGranahan@techforall.org
(713) 454-6412

Fran Hunter
Technology For All – Rural Texas/San Antonio
Program Specialist
Fran.Hunter@techforall.org
(512) 237-7025

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