Community Technology Center (Formerly Eastmont Computing Center)
Located in a 180-Unit Public Housing Development.
Provide entry points to the IT career ladder, and create opportunities for people to update technology skills, to move on to employment and advanced IT training/work opportunities.
Increase the availability of computer/ Internet training and access, with an informal learning approach backed up by technical support.
Expand technology employment opportunities and job readiness training for under-served Oakland residents, with advanced IT training programs.
Catalyze large-scale activities in support of community technology in Oakland, in partnership with schools, corporations and community.
Location at the hub of the East Oakland community, within a housing development, adjacent to a church, near to a transportation terminus.
Open access to 56 computers in two lab spaces; 4 FTE staff plus 5 PT instructors, and a core of volunteer instruction assistants.
A setting outside of formal schooling that includes job support, learning development and education through projects, open access to computers/Internet, and self-paced learning experiences, as well as technical IT training programs.
Substantial computer use by those who do not have a home computer, for employment, school, and other purposes.
Over 300 CTC members, with over 100 users/day; 450 participants/week; 47,000 participants in 10 years.
Diverse workshops and self-paced learning opportunities.
Advanced computer programs and skilled technical training.
1997 – Present. In 2009, moved to an expanded location across the street from the original computer lab.
City of Oakland, Mayor’s Task Force.
California Emerging Technology Fund, Comerica Bank, City of Oakland, HUD Community Development Block Grant.
Founded with U.S. Commerce Department Technology Opportunity Program (TOPS) grant.
Open enrollment for computer/software use, for adults and youth.
Multiple entry points for many programs.
Workshop and class enrollments for days/weeks.
Multi-week enrollment for technical training.
Menu of Classes
Basic Computer Literacy (IC-3.)
A+ Technical Training.
SeniorNet Computer literacy classes for Seniors (50+yrs.)
LifeStories & Digital Storytelling Workshops.
Self-paced learning with amazingelearning.com curriculum.