Bell, CA .– The city of Bell will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new technology center in conjunction with its partners, the Southeast Community Development Corporation (SCDC), Youth Policy Institute (YPI) and the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 3 pm at the Technology Center located at 4357 Gage Avenue in Bell.
The grand opening of the new technology center marks another milestone for the current city of Bell council. Under this new leadership, the city has leveraged over $300,000 in grant awards and in-kind services from SCDC, YPI and the US Department of Education. As a result, the city has acquired 41 new public access computers and equipment; and is already co-sponsoring FREE after school computer literacy classes and an open access computer lab Monday through Thursday from noon to 2 pm.
“We’re very proud to open a new technology center and provide free computer literacy classes to our community” stated Mayor Ali Saleh. “Children in the program will begin a new academic school year with the computer skills necessary to compete in the classroom while our adult and senior residents will now have access to an open computer lab. We are excited about bringing a much needed and critical resource to our community.”
The reopening of the former teen center facility as a technology center highlights the city’s emphasis to create greater efficiency at city hall. The city opted to bring life to the underutilized building and increase its value to the community by providing much needed computer technology and instruction.
The grant funds will also allow the city to place additional desktop computers at the Veteran Memorial Park clubhouse adding public access to the computers already available.
Youth computer literacy classes are hosted by SCDC Monday through Thursday from 3 pm and 6 pm. Parents can call SCDC to enroll for free computer literacy classes by calling SCDC at (323) 585-4579.
The technology center ribbon cutting will begin with a presentation of certificates by Mayor Saleh to SCDC and YPI, followed by a presentation of certificates to students that have successfully completed the FREE computer literacy program at the technology center.
Mayor Ali Saleh, Vice Mayor Violeta Alvarez, and Councilmembers Danny Harber, Ana Maria Quintana, and Nestor Valencia will be in attendance.