El Paso, Texas – As part of a multi-year effort to dramatically expand broadband access and literacy among the Latino community, the League of United Latin American Citizens National Educational Services Center (LNESC) and Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC) are offering free, high-speed Internet access, computers, and other equipment for a new technology center at 8908 Old County Road.
The latest “Empower Hispanic America Technology Center” will be housed at the LNESC El Paso building. The facility is the first of two new centers to be established in Texas this year and will bring to four the total number of TWBC sponsored centers in the Lone Star State. The existing centers are in Corpus Christi and Dallas, and the fourth will open later this year in Laredo.
TWCBC is committed to support 15 LULAC centers around the country by providing complimentary broadband access. In addition, seven of those centers, including this one, will also receive free computers and other technology equipment.
“We appreciate Time Warner Cable’s support of the Latino community which includes providing a technology center with high-speed Internet access, online resources and educational classes,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. “LULAC is focused on narrowing the digital divide in our community and with resources like this technology center we come closer to achieving that goal and thus empowering our community with the tools they need to succeed.”
“Improving digital literacy is critical for our community and I applaud LULAC and Time Warner Cable for partnering to provide access to technology and resources to make an impact in El Paso,” said State Senator Jose Rodriguez. “I encourage the El Paso community to make the most of this opportunity as it will help people reach their potential in education and in the workforce.”
The centers provide job training and search assistance, English language courses, citizenship classes, computer training and certifications, safe learning environments for students during after-school hours, and college application and financial aid seminars. The initiative increases access to technology, which is not accessible to many low income Hispanic families.
Representatives from the LNESC El Paso board of directors, TWCBC and LULAC will be in attendance for a dedication and open house event Thursday, May 30.
“Our children need to be prepared to pursue careers that meet the demands of tomorrow’s economy in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM),” said State Representative Naomi Gonzalez. “The LULAC and Time Warner Cable initiative provides a tremendous resource that will help foster interest and success in STEM subjects.”
The El Paso Center is one of four new centers being set up this year around the country by TWCBC and LULAC. New computer equipment and two years of free, high-speed Business Class broadband service will be installed in LULAC community technology centers located in Lincoln, Neb., and Laredo, Texas. A center in Youngstown, Ohio, was opened in April.
“El Paso is shaped by the culture and traditions of the Latino community and is symbolic of the shifting demographics of a rapidly changing America. We recognize the need to bridge the digital divide and Time Warner Cable Business Class is proud to partner with the communities we serve to empower them with all that broadband has to offer,” said Omar Baeza, Manager, Time Warner Cable Business Class. “We are excited to see what can be done through the hardworking partnerships we are forging at this great facility in El Paso.”
The technology centers are part of LULAC National Educational Services Centers, Inc. and partner with non-profit organizations that serve low-income Latino communities.
About LNESC El Paso
LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC) provides innovative educational programming to high-need students throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Through their network of 14 education and technology centers, LNESC changes the lives of students in lasting ways – from providing K through third graders with cutting-edge literacy training, to awarding nearly a million dollars in college scholarships annually. Since 1973, LNESC has served over 500,000 students, sent 150,000 students on to college, and awarded nearly $20 million in scholarships.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 900 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org
About Time Warner Cable Business Class
Time Warner Cable Business Class, a division of Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), offers a full complement of business communications tools to small-and medium-sized businesses and enterprise-sized companies. Its phone, Internet, Ethernet, cable TV and security solutions are enhanced by award-winning customer service and local support teams. Through its NaviSite subsidiary, the Company also offers managed and outsourced information technology solutions and cloud services. Time Warner Cable Business Class was founded in 1998. Today, it serves more than 579,000 business customers throughout Time Warner Cable’s markets. For more information, please visit www.twcbc.com.