Liberty City youth get new computer lab

caines | 8/23/2012, 5:30 a.m.

TACOLCY partners with GTECH in after school program

About 60 people gathered last week at Liberty Citys TACOLCY Center for the unveiling of the centers brand new, state-of-the-art computer lab. Donated by GTECH Corporation, in partnership with the Florida Lottery, the lab is the 22nd After School Advantage [ASA] learning lab built in Florida. It features 11 state-of-the-art Dell desktop wireless computers, new computer workstations, chairs, one Dell wireless printer, artwork, and educational software. The lab was also redecorated by GTECH. The new technology will provide local youth and teens with essential computer literacy skills and assistance during the critical after school hours. Several members of the community leaders, residents and friends attended the unveiling. You could not have chosen a better organization or a better community leader to give this lab to. TACOLCY has been at the forefront of orchestrating change in this community since I was a child, said State Representative Cynthia Stafford, District 109. TACOLCY CEO Alison Austin said she had been trying to get a lab furnished for over two years and had at least three different proposals out in hopes that it would happen. When Albert [Pellon] from GTECH came to visit the center, he told me This is where the lab needs to be. This is my region and Im going to help you. He came through in a big way and for that we are very grateful, Austin said. This lab is going to help bridge the digital divide and create greater opportunities for our youth and families to be more competitive in school and on the workforce.