The Brownsville community is celebrating a new computer lab in the Van Dyke Community Center thanks to Ikohdi, Inc.’s partnership with the National Grid for the NYC Computer Lab Initiative.
This computer lab is the second of two technology spaces supported by National Grid’s grant program. The grant, which focuses on workforce development, works to help close the digital divide by providing access to technology, and classes in computer literacy and STEM programming.
“At National Grid, neighborhood development and community engagement is a top priority,” said Carla Hunter Ramsey Director of External Affairs and Community Engagement, National Grid in a press release. “Digital skills will be needed as we transition to a cleaner energy future — for data science, big data analytics, and for creative problem solving. Computer labs play a crucial role in bridging the digital divide, improving access opportunities within local communities, and positively affecting people’s wellbeing. Sponsoring projects like this is one of the many ways National Grid continually demonstrates our commitment to our customers and the communities we serve.”
The digital workspace will provide use of laptops, printers and smart TVs for the public. Workforce development courses are scheduled to begin in the fall as well.
National Grid was joined by NYC First Deputy Mayor Sheena Wright, Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Kim Council, NYC Department of Youth and Community Development Commissioner Keith Howard, Medgar Evers College President Dr. Patricia Ramsey, members of the African American Clergy and Elected Officials, as well as members of the Brownsville community to celebrate the new computer lab with a ribbon cutting ceremony.