UROC URBAN RESEARCH AND OUTREACH/ ENGAGEMENT CENTER Broadband Access Project The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. This publication/material is available in alternative formats upon request. Please call 612.626.8839 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Broadband Access Project (BAP) is a partnership among the University of Minnesota ’ s Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center, Office for Business and Community Economic Development, and the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium BAP is funded by a $3.6M grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, (Award #27-42-B10003) and a $741k match from the University of Minnesota and community partners.
The Broadband Access Project is made possible by a three-year $2.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce (Award #27-42 B10003) with matching support of $741,000 from the University of Minnesota and community partners. Awarded December 2009 Ends December 31, 2012
Help eliminate the Digital Divide
17,000 new users
Expand Broadband access to
(four federally designated poverty zones)
Create access and job opportunities
Two new and Nine improved community-based Public Computer Centers (PCCs)
Increased Broadband speeds
30 new jobs created, including 24 apprenticeships
Increased public awareness of how Broadband can improve lives
Benefits to Community
Asian Community Technology Center
Church of St. Phillip/Nellie Stone Johnson School
Hmong American Partnership
Minneapolis Public Housing - Glendale
Phyllis Wheatley Community Center
Project for Pride in Living
Sabathani Community Center
YWCA of St. Paul
Community Partners, Continued Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium Newspapers African News Journal Asian American Press Circle Insight News Latino Midwest Awareness and Outreach Radio KMOJ KFAI
Community Partners, Continued Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium Awareness and Outreach Community Festivals Cinco de Mayo Juneteenth Lunar New Year Somali Independence Superwebsite
Technology and Cultural Reporters
Curriculum Development and Training: Eight Focus Areas The Broadband Access Project is committed to educating people on how Internet can simplify their lives by showing how Broadband Access (a way of saying high-speed Internet) can assist in different areas: e-Broadband e-Education e-Internet e-Health Care e-Government e-Financial Literacy e-Commerce e-Nonprofit/Small Business
Other Training Areas Customized Trainings are available for community groups, nonprofits, and small/minority-owned businesses. Trainings area available in multiple languages, including Hmong, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
In addition to classroom-based learning, the BAP curricula are available for self-guided instruction as:
on-line learning sites;
one-page Quick Start Guides; and
video-based learning guides .
Unique to BAP: 24 Apprentices
The apprentices will learn marketable technology skills that can be used to find employment in a computer lab, help center, or other workplaces requiring computer knowledge after the yearlong apprenticeship ends.
Apprentices will receive initial and ongoing training to solve computer hardware and software problems, provide computer support in the public computer labs, and help community residents use technology for internet access.