Kramden Hosts Tech Fair for Durham Public Housing Residents

 

In 2015, Secretary Castro from the Department of Housing and Urban Development came to Durham to announce the ConnectHome Initiative. The goal of this program is to accelerate broadband adoption by children and families living in HUD-assisted housing across the United States. HUD is taking a three-pronged approach, focusing on growing broadband infrastructure, providing residents with free, local digital literacy training, and support programs providing devices and technical support to residents.

Locally, Google Fiber is providing free broadband internet service to families in Durham Public Housing, addressing the first piece of the ConnectHome program. To address the other two, Google Fiber recently awarded Kramden Institute and the Triangle Literacy Council with grants to provide digital literacy training and job readiness classes.

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On Saturday, community members from McDougle Terrace were invited to attend a Tech Fair hosted by Kramden Institute and the Durham Housing Authority. Community members were encouraged to stop by numerous tables staffed by community organizations who shared opportunities for both adults and children to become engaged in computer training, online learning, robotics clubs, and more. Kramden held a free raffle for a laptop and an all-in-one computer during the event.

During the event, Kramden collected information from community members interested in participating in our digital literacy classes. Participants will take a series of four digital literacy classes covering topics from computer basics to internet safety and word processing. Participants who successfully complete the program will be awarded a free desktop computer.