Department of Education Announces Community Technology Center Grants On June 30, 2004, the Department of Education awarded Community Technology

Center grants totaling over $9 million to create or expand Community Technology Centers (CTCs). These centers will provide disadvantaged residents of economically distressed urban and rural communities with access to information technology and related training. This year’s competition specifically focused on the use of technology centers in improving the academic performance of low-achieving high school students, particularly in the areas of reading/language arts and math. A total of 25 awards have been made, including 6 awards to community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and other entities that have not received Federal funds during the past five years. Improving the academic achievement of our nation’s secondary school students has become an urgent need. Current National Assessment of Educational Progress data indicate that, despite some slow and steady progress in secondary student achievement over the past few decades, many of our secondary school students are still not achieving the academic skills and knowledge required for graduation, postsecondary education, and careers. This is particularly true among students who are entering secondary school, with two in ten scoring below basic proficiency levels in reading, and over three in ten scoring below basic levels in math. In keeping with the tenets of the No Child Left Behind Act, that all students attain proficiency in challenging State academic achievement standards, the CTC program will focus program resources on providing effective supplemental instruction to lowachieving students who are entering or enrolled in grades 9 through 12 at high-poverty, low-performing secondary schools. The centers will serve as a valuable resource to struggling students as well as community members. The program is authorized under Title V, Part D, Subpart 11, Section 5511-13 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The following is a list of grantees, the size of the awards, and local contact information. Community Technology Centers Competition ARIZONA Miami CALIFORNIA Anderson Anderson Union High School District Contact: Patricia Allison, (530) 365-2957 $445,309 Miami Unified School District Contact: Sherry Dorathy, (928) 425-2501 $358,420


The Regents of the University of California - Berkeley Contact: Glynda Hull, (510) 301-3600 City of Los Angeles Community Dev. Dept. Contact: Cord Bailey, (323) 266-7591 Cambridge Academies Contact: Geni Boyer, (209) 545-2660


Los Angeles Modesto FLORIDA Miami HAWAII Honolulu ILLINOIS Chicago KANSAS Mayetta MARYLAND Capitol Heights MISSISSIPPI Corinth

$500,000 $496,800

Miami Dade College (North Campus) Contact: Harry Hoffman, (305) 237-1130


University of Hawaii Contact: JoAnn Yuen, (808) 956-5462


Erie Neighborhood House Contact: Ricardo Estrada, (312) 563-5800


Royal Valley Unified School District #337 Contact: John Rundle, (785) 966-2246


U.S. Basic Skills Contact: Dennis Clune, (800) 486-0087


Northeast Mississippi Business Incubation System, Inc. Contact: Ray McClellan, (662) 287-4369


NEBRASKA Omaha Applied Information Management Institute Contact: Kandace Miller, (402) 345-5025 $500,000


NEW YORK Brooklyn Buffalo New York OHIO Columbus OKLAHOMA Eufaula OREGON Woodburn PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia People for People, Inc. Contact: Cornelia Lavong, (215) 235-2340 Philadelphia Housing Authority Contact: Charles Carr, (215) 684-1024 Pittsburgh Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation Contact: Stephen MacIsaac, (412) 471-1914 $310,842 $500,000 $250,000 Chemeketa Community College Harvey Franklin, (503) 399-5024 $410,318 Eufaula Public Schools Contact: Bea Baker, (918) 689-2152 $295,696 Columbus Public Schools Contact: William Waldron, (614) 365-5248 $312,082 Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation Christine Randall, (718) 636-6937 Buffalo City School District Contact: June Simmons Barrow, (716) 851-3966 The National Urban Technology Centers Contact: Patricia Bransford, (212) 528-7350 $272,081 $495,000 $280,504

SOUTH CAROLINA Orangeburg Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Contact: Donna Elmore, (803) 535-1374 $357,931


TEXAS Brownsville Dallas San Antonio Brownsville Independent School District Contact: Roger Arredondo, (956) 982-7487 Alternative Community Development Svcs. Inc. Contact: Shari Carroll, (972) 672-9200 $499,963 $499,387

Intercultural Development Research Association $295,816 Contact: Maria Robledo Montecel, (210) 444-1710

*The applicant had requested funding within the range required by the Department within the April 16, 2004 Federal Register grant announcement for the Community Technology Centers program. This award reflects the remaining funds from the 25% set aside for novices.