JCC Launches Jefferson Express—A Mobile Computer Lab

Grant Allows JCC to Bring Professional Training to Rural Communities

On January 11, the Continuing Education Division at Jefferson Community College unveiled Jefferson Express—a new mobile computer lab that will be used to provide broadband access, improve digital literacy, and deliver professional training within rural communities. To promote the new service, the College held opening events in both Jefferson and Lewis counties with partners The WorkPlace and the NYS Small Business Development Center.

Through collaboration with local libraries, community organizations, and businesses, Jefferson Express will deliver non-credit training on-site in public libraries, municipal buildings, fire halls, and community centers across Jefferson and Lewis counties. Training topics will be geared to serve primarily job seekers, the underemployed, small businesses, and senior citizens. Jefferson will provide the workshop instructor, 15 laptop computers, and high-speed broadband internet access. Training will be customized according to community’s need and will promote digital literacy and self-sufficiency through the use of technology and the Internet.

Examples of workshop topics include resume creation, completing online forms and applications, basic computer skills, intro to Microsoft Word and Excel, and effective job hunting in the 21st century. There will also be workshops for small business owners on topics such as financing, marketing, and legal issues. Jefferson Express is available for single workshops, but Jefferson officials encourage community sites to select several workshop topics to maximize the benefit to community members. A nominal fee for participants will be required for most workshops, but there is no charge to the host community partner.

Jefferson Express was developed with funding provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) as administered by the New York State Library System, a unit of the Office of Cultural Education within the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Jefferson was the only non-library organization to be awarded funding through the BTOP award. The two-year, $255,430 grant includes a van, 15 laptop computers, a laptop cart, a part-time technology staff member, a community services program coordinator, and instructional and administrative funding.

For more information about bringing professional training to your community via Jefferson Express, please contact the Jefferson Community College Continuing Education Division at continuingeducation@sunyjefferson.edu or 315-786-2233.