Time Warner Cable and local dignitaries opened a Time Warner Cable Learning Lab yesterday at the James Weldon Johnson Community Center, 1839 Lexington Avenue, Between East 112th and 115th Streets in Harlem. The state-of-the-art facility will serve as a vital community service, providing children and adults with access to computers, e-learning programs and high-speed Internet.
Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez, Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) Commissioner Jeanne B. Mullgrav, Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) Commissioner Carole Post and Supportive Children’s Advocacy Network (SCAN) Executive Director Lewis Zuchman joined Time Warner Cable to celebrate the special occasion.
The Time Warner Cable Learning Lab is fully equipped with state-of-the-art computers and computer software that are connected to Time Warner Cable Business Class Broadband Internet and TWC WiFiTM service. The facility also boasts flat screen high-definition (HD) televisions equipped with TV and HD DVR services. The entire facility is underwritten by Time Warner Cable.
“The Time Warner Cable Learning Lab is one way we’re giving back to the Harlem community by providing the best service and products for residents to utilize essential programs like e-learning at the James Weldon Johnson Community Center,” said John Quigley, Time Warner Cable’s Regional Vice President of Operations in New York City. “Time Warner Cable understands the need for fast and reliable access to the Internet and the latest technologies, which is why we’ve wired the Learning Labs with our most advanced services.”
“I am proud to be joining Time Warner Cable in celebrating their significant investment in the youth of our community,” said Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez. “Technology is a powerful teaching tool and technology skills are pivotal to success in school, and in an increasingly competitive job market. Time Warner Cable is making sure that limited finances don’t hinder opportunities for our youth to learn, embrace, and excel in the information age.”
“I am delighted to see that the learning lab at the Johnson Community Center is already exceeding our expectations,” said DYCD Commissioner Jeanne B. Mullgrav. “In just a few short months, participants of all ages have started to take advantage of all this facility has to offer. Whether you are a student researching a project or filling out a college application, a job seeker polishing your resume, or a senior citizen learning how to access benefits, the resources you need are here. There is even a recording studio for our aspiring artists. Many thanks to our generous partners at Time Warner Cable for helping to make this center come alive.”
“In a digital world that’s made smaller than ever before by common technologies we can all use and share, the world remains a big place for people without access to broadband,” said DoITT Commissioner Carole Post. “As part of the City’s overall broadband strategy, including partners like Time Warner Cable, the Johnson Community Center is the latest in a line of more than 100 facilities that will provide free public broadband service across the five boroughs.”
“SCAN is grateful to Time Warner Cable and the New York Department of Youth and Community Development, for their significant support in establishing the Time Warner Cable Learning Lab,” said Lewis Zuchman, Executive Director of the Supportive Children’s Advocacy Network. “Access to technology is a critical component to educating today’s inner city youths and putting them on a successful career path. “The Time Warner Cable Learning Lab will be alive with activity and learning, ensuring that our seniors and young people are connected to educational and socio-cultural portals vital to their present and future lives.”
The Time Warner Cable Learning Lab at the James Weldon Johnson Community Center is the fourth from the company to open in New York City. Additional Time Warner Cable Learning Labs are located at the Police Athletic League Center in Harlem, Sunnyside Community Services in Sunnyside, Queens, and at the Gerard Carter Community Center in Stapleton, Staten Island. The next Time Warner Cable Learning Lab to open will be located at a facility in Chinatown owned by the Chinese-American Planning Council.
Time Warner Cable’s New York City footprint serves over 1.3 million customers in four New York City boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and western Brooklyn), Mt. Vernon, Hudson Valley (Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and parts of Dutchess, Greene and Delaware Counties), and Bergen and Hudson Counties in New Jersey.