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Posted Monday, January 19, 2009
The successful story of a local community initiative
The Mattapan/ Greater Boston Technology Learning Center (MGBTLC) is a non-profit
vocational school that focuses on providing free hands-on training in computer
related certificate programs. Students are given the opportunity to build their
skills in basic computers, Microsoft Office, web design, database management, PC
repair, networking, information technology and project management. Last year
alone, the MGBTLC trained 500 technicians. The students come from all ages and
A few years ago, Jacques and Karrie Ann Jean created this initiative on the
first floor of their two-family home to offer another alternative to those who
want to change or start a new career in computer technology or simply learn how
to use a computer. The project has expanded without government funding to become
an icon in Greater Boston where many young people, adults and senior citizens
come to learn new technology. This year the school is planning to recruit 600
new students, giving the opportunity to anyone who has the desire to earn a
professional certificate and increase their chances of a better livelihood.
With the economy sliding in the midst of an economic crisis, students and
concerned citizens have become worried about the future of the school. This
weekend, during a church gathering, Jacques and Karrie Ann Jean unveiled a
detailed strategic plan to ensure the community that amid the recession, the
school will continue to provide the same type of training and career services
that have put so many people back to work. That plan includes new management
practices, a reduced budget, the creation of a volunteer team and an aggressive
fundraising program. This year's budget has deflated to only $125,000 that
according to the new plan will still give the school the capacity to train more
than 600 people, less than $250 per student. Fifty percent of the budget is
expected to come from student registration and lab fees, totaling on average $75
per student. The school expects to raise the other 50% through private donation
and corporate sponsorship.
The school administration is inviting everyone to become part of this wonderful
project and act now to save the initiative by making a donation, donating your
used computer equipment or by becoming a volunteer. For more information about
the school, or to sponsor a student, visit their web site at
www.towncomputer.com/training-center.htm, call (617) 298-0357 or stop by their
office at 24 Regis Road in Mattapan, MA.
Mattapan/ Greater Boston Technology Learning Center
24 Regis Road, Mattapan, MA 02126
Contact Person: Jacques Dady Jean (617) 298-0357
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