These three organizations joined local officials to celebrate the opening of the first Time Warner Cable Learning Lab in Brooklyn on Monday, August 13.
“There can be nothing more important today than completing high school and going on to post-secondary learning,” said Sr. Paulette LoMonaco, executive director of Good Shepherd Services. “It's not always possible for them [students] to have access to state-of-the-art computers, and they need that opportunity to be able to successfully take the next step.”
“Digital literacy is essential to the jobs of the futures and to opportunities for the future,” added Assemblyman Jim Brennan.
This lab, which is housed in the Good Shepherd Services facility at 503 5th Avenue, features computers, software, printers and an HD television with DVR service at a cost of approximately $50,000, completely underwritten by Time Warner Cable.
“Our young people have the opportunity tot come here and sharpen their skills, to get their homework done, and to learn from one another,” said LoMonaco. “So this lab will be put to very, very good use.”
This is the first of two labs that will open in Brooklyn. On Monday, officials from Time Warner Cable were discussing the establishment of a future learning lab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It would be the sixth technology center that Time Warner Cable has opened up in New York City.
One student who has been using the learning lab over the summer is Chastity Polanco, who recently graduated from South Brooklyn Community High School and will be attending New York City College of Technology in the fall.
She said that a current City Tech student visited the lab to help students there sign up for college courses online.
“And I also used the computers and printer to to work on writing assignments I had during the bridge program, and I'm looking forward to using it in the future,” said Polanco.