By MAI HAONG
AAP staff writer
MINNEAPOLIS (Nov. 9, 2012) — The Broadband Access Project celebrated its third anniversary as a collaborative project funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce and supplemented by the University of Minnesota.
Over the past three years, the University of Minnesota Broadband Access Project has helped tens of thousands of disadvantaged Twin Cities residents better themselves though employment, education, and economic development opportunities made possible by access to the internet.
Since the 2010, the BAP has helped close Minnesota’s Digital Divide through the creation of 143 work stations in 12 effective Pubic Computer Centers located in low income areas throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul, and more than 15,000 hours of University-quality computer training delivered to residents, small business owners, and not-for-profit organizations.
Approximately 100 representatives of the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center and Office for Business and Community Economic Development, The Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium, the BAP’s 12 Public Computer Centers, gathered to mark the occasion at NorthPoint Health& Wellness Center.
Among the many exhibits were partnering organizations including UROC, BCDE, MMMC, Hmong American Partnership, Asian Community Technology Center, Lifetrack Resources, YWCA St. Paul, Church of Philipp, Patchwork Quilt, Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, Centro, Project for Pride in Living, Sabathani Community Center, Glendale Townhomes, NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center and other MMMC affiliate publications. Participants of these exhibits found very valuable information about their services both for the BAP and their general operations.
Mr. D. Craig Taylor, Executive Director of BCED and BAP Co-Project Investigator highlighted some of the achievements of the project and thank the Management team, staff, partners, and supporters that made project successful.
Dr. Heidi Barajas, Executive Director of UROC and BAP Co-Project Investigator also recognized the Teams for their contributions.
After refreshments, participants listened to a panel of five, moderated by James DeSota, assistant to the executive director of the UROC, sharing their experiences with the project and presenting visions of future Computer trainings.