Community Computer Lab Design

Osiris Technology Pathways believes that one way to bring technology to underserved communities is to design and create computer center infrastructures in park systems. These computer centers provide free internet access.

“Fewer than 20 percent of teachers say their school’s Internet connection meets their teaching needs, according to the White House. And according to a survey of schools by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), half of schools and libraries that apply for federal subsidies have “lower speed Internet connectivity than the average American home — despite having, on average, 200 times as many users.”

More than two thirds of U.S. school districts are cutting back on regular maintenance and replacement of computer equipment because of budget troubles, according to a survey published this spring by the Consortium for School Networking, a professional organization of school technology leaders.

This information was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet based at Teachers College, Columbia University, as part of a series examining the digital divide in American schools. Read more about how technology is changing education.

Osiris Technology Pathways has partnered with several organizations who provide resources which help with the construction of the computer centers.

Several thousand monthly users utilize the Saint Paul and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s park system and computer centers.

It is important to Minnesota’s future workforce participant well-being to increase STEM disciplines; Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Math. Youth and families who have grown up in poverty or low-income families have difficulties securing higher paying employment positions without STEM knowledge. This is why Osiris has stepped in.

    

Computer Lab Sites & Phone Numbers

Technology Training

Osiris Technology Pathways technology training program provides computer technology training to young & working adults at participating community centers.

 

Saint Paul

  • Martin Luther King 
  • El Rio
  • Dayton’s Bluff
  • Oxford
  • Hazel Park
  • Rice

 

Minneapolis

  • East Phillips

 

OTP’s technical staff provides all the technical support in each lab while the learners go through self-paced online courses and assessments or through an instructor-led class.

Learners receive hands-on experience in a computer lab environment where they are able to ask questions.  You learn these basic computer skill attributes:

  • Software:  provide detailed training in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Technical:  IT Infrastructure
  • Computer Science:  HTML5, Java

 

NOTE:  the additional information already in the article can stay.

 

Several years ago, 360 Manufacturing asked Minnesota companies about the competencies of MnSCU manufacturing graduates. The major feedback White’s consortium received was that while graduates had strong technical skills, “they struggled with how to be a productive employee.” In response, 360 Manufacturing has developed “learning modules” available to schools, colleges, and businesses that impart soft skills. Those entail career success strategies, such as techniques for working with co-workers.


- Gene Rebeck is a Duluth-based freelance journalist who writes monthly for Twin Cities Business