Community Technology Initiative

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The Community Technology Initiative (CTI) has installed computer hardware with a value of $302,400 in labs across the Twin Cities.  These labs have been placed in churches, community centers, charter schools and local nonprofit agencies.  This investment is a direct attempt to dismantle the digital divide by making technology available in the places where communities congregate. 

To date, CTI has created 15 computer labs in the following Twin Cities community organizations: Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist, Progressive Baptist Church, St. Peter AME, Greater St. Paul Church, Macedonia Baptist Church, Resurrection Temple/ Divine Institute, Zion Baptist, St. James AME, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Jeremiah Program, Minneapolis Urban League, Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, Westside Summit, Sahan Strategic Planning and Training. These labs are being used for tutoring programs, community outreach, education, training and recruitment by our community partners.  

CTI also offers technology courses that are open to the community. Since 2016, over 1,600 community members have participated in CTI’s course offerings, accumulating over 1,000 hours. In June 2017, CTI expanded to include the Technology Training Center (TTC) located on the lower level of the Minneapolis Urban League. TTC quickly became the only Pearson VUE Testing Center located in the North Minneapolis area.