Citrus Heights, CA, June 10, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- According to a recent Department of Commerce study, there is still a large gap in use between those who can easily afford technology access and those who cannot. Fully 86.3% of households earning $75,000 and above per year had Internet access, compared to 12.7% of households earning less than $15,000 per year. The October 2000 study also found that Black (23.5%) and Hispanic (23.6%) households were less than half as likely to have Internet access than White (46.1%) and Asian American and Pacific Islander (56.8%) households. Without access to a computer in the home, where do people go to get connected?
In Citrus Heights you need only look as far as the Tech Tutors center located locally to see community technology at work.
“I want to learn to use email,” says Nan Shaw, a senior citizen resident of Auburn, CA. “I have family all over these days, and email lets me stay in touch. My goal is to be the cyber granny!”
Over the past decade, more and more Community Technology Centers (CTCs) have been established around the United States to offer basic IT training and computer access (often either at a low rate or at no charge) to those living in low-income or disadvantage areas. Such availability gives people the chance to enhance their IT skills or gain skills to make them marketable in the job workforce. Just as important: CTCs give community members a place to meet and understand that they are not facing adversity or challenges on their own.
“CTCs are places that allow men and women to increase their own effectiveness and opportunity,” said Karen Chandler, Executive Director of the Community Technology Center’s Network, or CTCNet (http://www.ctcnet.org). “You can go to a Community Technology Center if there’s one in your neighborhood and immediately start taking classes – even if you don’t have a diploma.”
Because CTCs empower people with an understanding of technology, they, in turn, are able to empower a community to make a positive change and make its members feel better about themselves. For children, it becomes a safe haven for learning and interaction. For young and older adults alike, it provides a location to succeed in areas they never expected and to share experiences. In essence, a CTC quickly becomes a community’s platform to a larger world of opportunities.