New computer lab in KCK to provide computer training and online access

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A new technology center is celebrating its grand opening in Kansas City, Kan. The Northeast Wyandotte Co. Community Technology Center is at 2006 N. 3rd St., across from Juniper Gardens, the oldest and largest public housing project in Kansas.

Last April, non-profit organization, Connecting for Good, provided Wi-Fi access to Juniper Gardens, helping people living there get connected to the Internet. But not everyone has a computer, so Connecting for Good decided to go one step further.

“When you don't have Internet at home, you're really locked out of things in life,” said Michael Liimatta, president of Connecting for Good.

Much like the computer lab at 31st and Troost in Kansas City, Mo., the NE Wyandotte County Community Technology Center is a place for people to learn about computers, get online, find jobs and do homework.

“For children doing homework, connecting with their school, connecting with their teachers, even with each other,” said Liimatta. “You can't do that without the Internet.”

Liimatta said Connecting for Good identified two areas in the Kansas City metro where people have limited access to the Internet. He said a study from the Open Technology Institute found only 20 percent of people living in the Troost corridor and NE Wyandotte County can go online from their homes. That’s why, Liimatta said, Connecting for Good is focusing on these two communities.

“Seventy percent of all Fortune 500 companies use online employment applications,” he said. “For jobs, for access to health information, access to safe living accommodations and a whole lot of things you're shut out of if you don't have online access.”

In addition to providing Wi-Fi access and computers in the lab, Connecting for Good also holds training courses and offers low-cost computers for people who complete training.

Learn more about Connecting for Good by visiting its website.

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