Press Releases

Mentor and Volunteer Poster Contest

Future Generations is sponsoring a poster contest for computer lab mentors and volunteers. Following is detailed information about the contest:

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Recent Program Partnerships

Partnerships with educational, civil society and governmental organizations are increasing with each quarter. The following are some of our most recent partnerships:

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Computer Mentors Attend Community Emergency Preparedness Training

Several computer center mentors from around the state recently attended a Johns Hopkins Faculty Development Program Workshop. Fourteen stations were represented by seventeen mentors from across the state. The workshop, entitled “Developing a Community Emergency Preparedness Curriculum” allowed the mentors to work in small groups, broken into training and committee tracks. The separate tracks focused on the content of the emergency preparedness training and forming a local committee to help develop and conduct the training.

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Computer Mentors Gain Skills to Spread the Benefits of Broadband in West Virginia

Computer Mentors Gain Skills to Spread the Benefits of Broadband in West Virginia

Future Generations recently led a series of three weekend training sessions for 40 computer mentors across West Virginia. The weekend training sessions, held regionally in Beckley, Moorefield and Flatwoods, focused on technical skills and community outreach.

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Roundtable Discussion on the Future of Broadband in West Virginia with FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski

Future Generations was one of several organizations invited to participate in a roundtable discussion on the future of broadband (high-speed) internet in West Virginia. The roundtable, held in Ripley, WV in December 2010, was facilitated by the Federal Communications Chairman, Julius Genachowski, and Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Technology.

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Ten Fire Departments Celebrate New Computer Centers with Open Houses

In September and October, ten Fire Departments across West Virginia officially opened public computer centers, offering free broadband internet access and learning opportunities to rural residents.

To raise awareness and draw the crowds, fire departments organized festive open houses with concerts, chili cook-offs, guest speakers, bingo, and face painting for kids.

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Pendleton Community Bank sponsors New Relics concert for Moorefield grand opening

Image: Pendleton Community Bank CEO William Loving provides a check in support of the Future Generations WV Broadband Opportunities Program.

The Future Generations WV Broadband Opportunities Program staff would like to extend their sincere thanks to Pendleton Community Bank for their recent donation of $500 towards the New Relics concert for the opening of the Moorefield Volunteer Fire Department’s public computer center. The grand opening in Moorefield served as the regional grand opening for the computer centers located in the eastern region of the state.

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Community Baseline Survey Data Report Reveals Computer and Broadband Trends

Broadband promises to open new educational and economic opportunities for rural West Virginia, but a new baseline data report of 26 communities shows that only 49% of households subscribe to broadband. Of these broadband users, 21% are using the resource to continue their education and 14% to run home businesses.

 

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Davisson Brothers to perform at Gilmer Fire Department on Sept. 7 to celebrate Opening of Public Computer Lab

 Franklin, WV- On September 7, 2010, the Davisson Brothers Band will join the Gilmer Fire Department for a grand opening of a new learning center that will make computers, broadband internet, and training opportunities available to the community. This free event from 7-9pm at the Gilmer Fire Department (606 West Main, Glenville, WV) is open to the public.

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