Carroll County Technology Center Receives Wal-Mart Foundation Grant

   

Carroll County Technology Center Receives Wal-Mart Foundation Grant
8/9/2013 3:49:53 PM

The Carroll County Community Technology Center received a $1,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation, for the purchase of equipment and software. The EAST Lab, who applied for the grant, is coordinating efforts with various members of the community for the Technology Center.

The Carroll County Community Technology Center received a $1,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation, for the purchase of equipment and software. EAST students Luke Dodrill, Brandon Jacobs, Kate Murphy and Chelsea Shaffer and EAST Facilitator Mila Lynne Floro-Powell received the check from Wal-Mart Supercenter (Berryville) Co-Manager, Kathy Murphy. The EAST Lab, who applied for the grant, is coordinating efforts with various members of the community for the Technology Center to offer free basic computer training to parents, local skilled and unskilled work force, emergency services providers (fire, police, 911, EMS), city personnel, small business owners and workers, and retirees. A minimal fee will be charged for more advanced computer classes like GPS/GIS, video production and animation.

The EAST Lab, which currently provides technological expertise for its various community projects, has served as a source of trainers and mentors to the community residents who have used the Technology Center. Local professionals have also volunteered to act as consultants and guest lecturers.

The Wal-Mart Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to giving and doing whatever can be done to help improve the quality of life for Wal-Mart’s customers in local communities, address environmental issues and promote education. Funds are granted to assist organizations and programs that improve the quality of life in local communities.

In addition to the Wal-Mart Foundation, the Carroll County Technology Center has received technical advice and financial support from the Arkansas Department of Education, Arvest Bank, Bank of Eureka Springs, Carroll County Community Foundation, Community First Bank, EAST Initiative, Eureka Springs Police Department, Eureka Springs School District, First National Bank of Berryville, Northwest Arkansas Community Foundation, Elise and Martin Roenigk.

Kathy Murphy, Wal-Mart Supercenter (Berryville) Co-Manager, shows the $1,000 grant check (shown at the top) that was awarded to the Carroll County Technology Center. On hand to receive the check are Eureka Springs High School EAST students (left to right) Luke Dodrill, Chelsea Shaffer, Kate Murphy and Brandon Jacobs and EAST Facilitator Mila Lynne Floro-Powell. The Wal-Mart Foundation grant will be used to purchase equipment and software for the Technology Center. The Center offers free computer classes for Carroll County residents and was created through the efforts of the EAST Lab and various members of the community.

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