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"We’re one of the most wired cities in the world, but there’s still much we can do to bring the benefits of this technology revolution to all segments of our city." -Mayor Greg Nickels
"We’re one of the most wired cities in the world, but there’s still much we can do to bring the benefits of this technology revolution to all segments of our city."
-Mayor Greg Nickels
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Greg Nickels, Mayor
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Elements of the Helping Link logo are the temple, representing Vietnam; the Space Needle, representing freedom in a new land; the bridge, representing a helping link between earlier and more recent immigrants. The bright color signifies hope for a glowing future.
Helping Link has opened a new community technology computer lab in Seattle's Little Saigon neighborhood, the first there to address the needs of Vietnamese immigrants. ESL students, youth, and representatives from the City of Seattle's Department of Information Technology and Microsoft were on hand to celebrate the grand opening on April 23. The 10-computer lab was a City of Seattle Technology Matching Fund recipient in 2002. Materials for the lab were donated by Microsoft.
Lab users can take advantage of basic and advanced computer courses for adults, and academic courses in math, physics, chemistry and English for youth. Office applications skills, email, web searching and Wired for Learning classes through partnership with the Seattle Public Libraries are offered.
Helping Link provides social and cultural services and community education to Vietnamese refugees and immigrants in the Seattle area since 1993. The lab is located at 1032 S. Jackson Street, Suite C. All are invited to stop by and volunteering is encouraged.
The City of Seattle has launched a new community technology site directory to connect residents to access and learning opportunities.
You'll find information about more than 120 community programs in Seattle and surrounding areas. This directory replaces the old techmap. The new directory provides more useful data in a simpler way. Centers are organized by general geographic sectors and contain more information about programs, facilities and availability. A simpler, more powerful search page makes it easier to find appropriate programs and services.
Volunteers, businesses, funders and human services providers can search for sites for support and referral of residents. The programs provide training, access to information and opportunities to use technology tools. Beyond that, there are a wide range of program offerings, locations and communities served. What ties Community Technology Centers (CTCs) together is their commitment to helping build strong communities and to ensuring digital opportunities for all. Community tech centers are based in housing projects, human services agencies, libraries, places of worship, schools, or community centers. They may serve families, youth, immigrants, single mothers, job seekers, or seniors. Some provide "open access" to the public, while others only serve their members, students, or subsidized housing residents. The technology services range from Internet access, computer training, video production facilities, web sites and more.
To add your site to the directory, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (206) 386-1103. We invite your feedback, additions and changes. We hope that you will contact us to make sure your program is listed, and/or to make sure your information is current.
PCs often fall victim to misuse. Users may attempt to install software, change settings or even try to bring the system down. Deep Freeze offers complete, non-restrictive Windows protection for Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, and XP without the use of expensive hardware devices.
One of the many membership benefits you will receive from PSACT is volume discounts on software. Deep Freeze, a complete Windows protection software, is currently available to members at volume discount rates. Check out the rates and download an order form.
Deep Freeze requires no complicated setup or configuration, just install, restart and it works! Users can save their files to “unfrozen network drives, floppy disks, or “thaw space” a special area of unfrozen space on the PC where users can save their files. It is easy to make permanent changes to your PCs, simply turn off Deep Freeze and then install or remove programs and amend system configuration.
The City of Seattle, in cooperation with Comcast (formerly AT&T Broadband Services), is providing free high speed Internet connections and cable modems to qualified sites that will offer community access to the Internet. This Access for All Project is part of the City's effort to ensure citizens technology literacy and access.
These free connections are currently only available in the Comcast service delivery area and within the Seattle city limits. For more information and to download a short form to make application, go to our tech web. If you have questions, email Derrick Hall or call (206) 233-5061.
The Association of Blind Citizens (ABC) has an Assistive Technology Fund that will cover half of the retail price of adaptive devices or software. The ABC board hopes to improve employment prospects and increase independence possibilities for the visually impaired. There are three grant deadlines per year: June 30, September 30, and December 31. For more information, contact email@example.com.
The City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is soliciting proposals from neighborhood and/or community based groups or organizations that have a strong interest in improving race relations or addressing social justice issues in Seattle.
Through the Neighborhood Matching Fund program, the department will operate a one-year pilot program designed to solicit and support at least 10 projects that are identified, planned, and carried out by neighborhood/community members and provide a public benefit. These projects must also achieve the goal of building community, i.e., creating stronger bonds and connections between people/neighbors. For more information and to download a Request for Proposal Form, explore this link.
South Park community technology lab coordinator Ellen Earth has offered to share this list of scholarship links. Many specifically target minority communities.
Ninety-six cameras from our recent camera giveaway are slated for use by the Pacific American Foundation. According to that foundation's executive vice president, Heather K. Minton, "These cameras will greatly enhance our Keiki Art Program by giving children in the community the opportunity to express their creativity and allow us to provide mentoring to these children."
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We encourage you to visit the City of Seattle's Community Tech pages, seattle.gov/tech.