Since its inception, the I
nformation Technology Empowerment Center
has been busy all over Lansing, implementing technology education programs all over the city, from local schools to the YMCA to Impression 5. With the announcement of the new ITEC headquarters in the Foster Community Center
, the group now offers a location for the community to come to them.
“ITEC is a community organization and we need to have presence in the community,” says Kirk Riley, ITEC Executive Director. “We want to be where people need us.”
While ITEC’s remote programs will continue, the two cutting-edge computer labs located in the new headquarters will bring a new community service to Lansing’s East Side. The facilities will be home to Everyday Digital, ITEC’s newest education program designed to teach both job-seeking and curious adults basic computer literacy.
“We’ll be working with underemployed and unemployed adults, and others who just want to learn more about computer,” says Riley. “We’ll seniors who simply want to learn how to download and look at pictures of their grandchildren, and we welcome them too.”
In addition to the two new computer labs, the 2,000 square foot location will also provide a place for ITEC to have a headquarters inside the community. The organization was previously provided office space at Michigan State University.
“ITEC is here to serve the people of Lansing and to build capacity for participating with technology,” says Riley. “This is a really important transition we’re making to have that impact in the community.”