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Metropolitan Community College (MCC), through the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE), is participating in "The Pathways to Broadband Access and Technology Education at Missouri's Community Colleges" project. Through this project MDHE was the main recipient of a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant. MCC as a sub recipient will establish centers as one stop locations from which individuals, the public, may utilize new and upgraded computers to obtain training to help them in the job market and their personal life. Go to the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Web Page for more information.
The Metropolitan Community College Public Computer Centers will function as one-stop technology centers for launching new opportunities, new careers and personal enrichment, with a specific focus on the unemployed and underemployed population in the target areas.
The following outlines the underlying purpose of the Pathways to the Broadband Access at Missouri's Community Colleges program and lists the categories of core competencies that all grant recipient colleges are expected to fulfill:
The training foundation for the public computer centers (PCCs) will be an introduction to digital literacy. Digital literacy skills allow individuals to communicate and work more efficiently by learning to locate, organize, communicate, evaluate and create information using digital technology. The key components of basic literacy training include: computer basics; internet, email, and web usage; basic software program usage; computer security and privacy; using digital devices and opportunities in technology careers.