$2M for digital Dallas – Computer centers serve kids, adults

A nonprofit in Texas has orchestrated a $2 million effort to plug low-income residents into the Internet, the Dallas Business Journal reports.

The John C. Ford Program has used the $2 million to establish six computing centers in Dallas churches and other areas. Each center is equipped with 20 personal computers. The centers are linked via two networks, one of which allows videoconferencing with local universities and companies, the Business Journal reports.

Bankers, accountants and other professionals will supply technical and business training at the centers on a voluntary basis, the Journal said.

Jacqueline Varma, executive director of the program, says the program will encourage low-income children to pursue more education by helping their parents and other local adults boost their workplace skills and become stronger role models, the Business Journal reports.

A major corporate contributor to the program has been Dallas-based CompUSA, which supplied four technology trainers and computer repair service. Microsoft Corp. donated software for the computers.

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