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STLCC Facilities Offer Free Computer Access, Computer Basics Courses

November 02, 2011

St. Louis Community College’s new public computer centers offer access to desktop and laptop computers with internet access and on-site support staff – for free.

These centers are located at the college’s new Center for Workforce Innovation, 3344 Pershall Road on the Florissant Valley campus, and the Harrison Education Center at 3140 Cass Ave.

Free basic computer courses also are available to the public. Introductory courses to Google, Facebook, and Ebay, as well as beginning computer and online job assistance classes currently are available.

This Broadband Technology Opportunities program (BTOP), established through a $4.9 million grant to the Missouri Department of Higher Education, creates or expands 23 public computer centers in geographic areas that serve vulnerable populations. MDHE is collaborating with STLCC and six other Missouri community colleges to launch these expanded services. The grant was awarded as part of the $7.2 billion provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand access to broadband services in the United States in an effort to increase jobs, spur investments in technology and infrastructure, and provide long-term economic benefits. 

The computer centers will be one-stop technology centers for vulnerable populations such as seniors and the unemployed and underemployed in north St. Louis City and County. The courses in basic digital literacy are designed to help prepare unemployed and underemployed workers for jobs.

Individuals must be at least 18 years of age to access these services and classes.

For more information, contact the Center for Workforce Innovation at 314-513-4601 or the Harrison Education Center at 314-763-6000. Information also is available via e-mail, stlcc-btop@stlcc.edu or by clicking here.