By MAI HOANG
AAP contributing writer
ST. PAUL (Dec. 5, 2012) — The Asian Community Technology Center (ACTC) is a division of the Asian Community Media Institute. It is one of the 11 Pubic Computer Centers a part of the Broadband Access Project (BAP) of the University of Minnesota.
During the past three years the ACTC provided training and service to the low income population of the Frogtown neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota. Through the best leadership of the BAP, the ACTC gained excellent recognition from both the Ethnic communities and the general public.
ACTC started around 2003 with the contribution of eight first generation iMacs. They were used for youth and adult trainings with support from MIGIZI Communications, Inc.
BAP revived ACTC with a technology upgrade in January 2010. The partnership brought 10 brand new Dell Computers, with comprehensive software, brand new furniture, and a high resolution projector.
Besides the equipment, the BAP also provided a lab management Team and knowledgeable Trainers for their training classes in such topics as Microsoft Office.
The clients from individual learning and group trainings are very satisfied with what they have learned. The Asian communities throughout the metropolitan area, as well as residents of Frogtown, Midway, East Saint Paul, and the surrounding neighborhoods, have been very happy with this training site.
Many clients have reported that they have seen a great impact on their lives with the training they have received. They can now create a good resume and take on better jobs.
Some use their skills to create concept papers and business plans to apply to their American Dream of owning their own enterprises. Others are now enjoying email, internet, and web surfing in their daily life.
Overall, the Board of Directors of the ACMI are delighted about the collaborative of 10 other PCCs, the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium, and the University of Minnesota for this project.
The Broadband Access Project, a partnership of the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach – Engagement Center, and the Office for Business and Community Economic Development. ο