Allen University Opens Community Technology Center

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COLUMBIA, S.C.

Working to bridge the digital divide for nearby residents in Columbia's historic Waverly neighborhood, Allen University has opened the Allen-Waverly Community Technology Center. The center is expected to serve the community, as well as students and Allen University faculty members.

"The center will host after-school tutorial and homework assistance programs for school-age children," says Garrick Rogers, university director of information technology. "It will also provide computer access for children and adults."

The center hosts technology and computer-based classes for adults and children and will provide workshops for adults seeking career-search assistance. According to Rogers, software instruction available to the community includes the Microsoft Office 2000 suite of products, Adobe products, Macromedia products and several Web-authoring tools.

Visitors to the center can learn to use a digital camera and its accompanying software. The community will have access to the center from 4 to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Located in the heart of the Waverly Community, the facility that has now become the Allen-Waverly Community Technology Center was previously home to a prominent Columbia dentist and his family. A $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funded the rehab of the facility and will provide equipment and salary for a center coordinator. …