NCCU Partnership Delivers Digital Skills in Durham

Kramden joins North Carolina Central University on a community-wide initiative to increase digital equity in Durham. NCCU is the recipient of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Connecting Minority Communities grant. This funding award aims to strengthen communities surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The grant serves the University and surrounding anchor communities by delivering digital inclusion programming to help …

Digital Equity Skills with the Congolese Community in Greensboro

Kramden’s new partnership with COCOMPTS in Greensboro has kicked off with digital literacy classes taught by Community Technology Instructors (CTIs). COCOMPTS is a nonprofit organization that supports the integration and cultural preservation of Congolese immigrants to the Triad. The group has its roots in 1997 when Congolese immigrants and refugees in Greensboro formed a support group to help each other …

Kramden Institute Celebrates 20 Years

Kramden Institute celebrated 20 years of digital equity work on November 15, 2023. Kramden was founded in 2003 by father and son Mark and Ned Dibner, who reversed and combined their names to make  “Kramden.”  The anniversary celebration took place at our office in Durham with volunteers, supporters, and donors in attendance. Together, we celebrated the progress we’ve made to …

Kramden and Digital Bridges Forsyth

For the past 20 years, Kramden has been a leader in advancing digital equity in North Carolina. Starting this year, Forsyth County has contracted the Kramden Institute to assist with their own digital equity efforts. WinstonNet and Digital Bridges Forsyth (DBF) were awarded $2 million to fund digital inclusion programs in the county. The funding comes from the Coronavirus State …

Veterans Gain Computer Skills at the Hayti Center

This month, Kramden Program Coordinator, Nathanael Sperger, led a four-week Computer Basics class at the Hayti Center. Veterans came to the Hayti Center to learn how to use a computer, staying safe online, and working with office programs. On the final day of the course, participants were awarded their own laptop. Kramden was contacted by the Hayti Center’s Assistant Program …

Welcome new Board Chair, John Wilson

Please welcome John Wilson,  a member of MetLife’s Technology Transformation team, as the new chair of Kramden Institute’s Board of Directors.  John takes over the chair position from our founder, Mark Dibner, who has overseen Kramden’s growth from its inception in 2003.  John’s infectious energy can be felt around Kramden when he attends quarterly board meetings and strategic planning sessions.  …

Kramden Campers Pilot Drones

Summer camps are underway at Kramden. Children in grades 3-12 have participated in camps over the past 3 weeks, learning about technology through hands-on activities. Build a PC, Let’s Code, and Computer Quest camps wrapped up in June. In the first week of July, Kramden hosted one of our most popular camps, Drone Flight. Drones are everywhere, and they are …

National Digital Inclusion Week Oct. 3-7

October 3-7, 2022, is National Digital Inclusion Week and October 14 is International E-Waste Day. To take action for both, Kramden is partnering with the North Carolina Technology Association to offer a Digital Drive, an electronic waste recycling event, on Oct. 7, 10-2 pm, at 4000 Westchase Boulevard in Raleigh. Individuals and businesses are invited to drop off their surplus …

Digital Drive on Friday, Oct. 7

On Friday, October 7, Kramden is partnering with the North Carolina Technology Association to offer a Digital Drive to collect and recycle electronic. The Drive will be held from 10-2 pm, at 4000 Westchase Boulevard in Raleigh. Individuals and businesses are invited to drop off their surplus laptops, desktops, all-in-ones, monitors, cables, peripherals, tablets, and cell phones. No TVs, speakers, …

Rocky Mount Students Receive Computers

By Corey Davis, Staff Writer, Rocky Mount Telegram It was a promise fulfilled. Dorothy Hinton, director of Community Partnerships and Programs of Communities in Schools of the Rocky Mount Region, said she talked about how the state could bring more resources to the area with Secretary of Information Technology and State Chief Information Officer Eric Boyette during his visit last year to …

Public housing residents bridging the digital divide

Mattie Clay wants to be able to do the same things that her children and grandchildren do. Gloria Whitley wants to go back to school. Her husband, Bobby Whitley, wants to do away with all of the paperwork that he has accumulated around their home. For all of them, the key to unlocking their dreams is to learn how to …

Durham public housing community gets free high-speed internet Google Fiber access

  Reposted from the Herald Sun. Read the original story here.  In the Laurel Oaks neighborhood, if it happens, Shaqueelah Shaw knows about it. That’s why she was first in line when she heard Google Fiber was coming to her neighborhood. Google, the tech company best known for its online search engine, is bringing its high-speed internet service to Durham one neighborhood …