News about KDNA, Novela Health Education,
and the Northwest Communities Education Center
Community Technology Center Funded - crossing the digital
Strengthening Community During Difficult Times
- a new health care partenership with YVWFC and Sound Partners
NTIA funds equipment replacement with Public Telecommunications
Facilities Program Grant
Swervin' and Curvin' raises money for KDNA
Community Technology Center Funded
The University of Washington's Office of Educational Partnerships and
Learning Technologies and its partners in Eastern Washington - Northwest
Communities Education Center and Horizons Inc. - have been awarded a $576,331
grant from the U.S. Department of Education to create two community technology
centers in Granger and Sunnyside.
These technology centers are designed to help farm workers and other
low-income individuals to improve their English literacy, to become fluent
in the uses of information technology, and to provide access to a wide-array
of education resources. Both centers will have video conferencing capabilities
to communicate with and access resources at the University of Washington
and beyond. The proposal was one of 53 selected from a pool of 1,400 applicants.
"Farm working families in our area will now have a means to access
information that will facilitate receiving services from such state agencies
as the Department of Social & Health Services and Job Service Centers.
They will have at their fingertips an educational service that will help
them learn and appreciate the convenience of the computer systems. Many
will also be able to keep up with the computer skills that their children
are learning at school," said Ricardo R. Garcia, Executive Director
of Northwest Communities Education Center.
full press release
more in Yakima Herald-Republic, 10/23/2002
a "community technology center"?
October 10, 2002
Strengthening Community During Difficult
Granger, WA, 2002
The people of Yakima Valley, a community of Spanish-speaking farmworkers,
warehouse workers and immigrants, face a number of economic and social
hurdles. These have been aggravated by a weakened agricultural economy
brought on by a drought and new, stricter changes to immigration policies
introduced by the Department of Justice after the tragic events of September
Radio KDNA and the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (YVFWC) will lead
an effort to ease the ramifications of these events on their community
by launching a mental health education campaign that integrates live call-in
programs with a broad base of outreach activities.
more at Sound Partners for Community Health
KDNA's broadcast signal will be improved, and broken
equipment replaced as a result of a substantial facilities grant:
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration as awarded
a Public Telecommunications Facilties Program grant of $96,050 to KDNA
for the purchase of an antenna, transmission line, and studio equipment.
KDNA will need to raise matching funds of $32,017.
October 10, 2002
Swervin' and Curvin'
For the last 5 years KDNA supporter Chuck Perov has put together a bike
trek from Seattle, over the mountains and into the Yakima Valley. The
event raises funds for KDNA, and culminates with dinner at the NCEC building.
This year almost 50 people arrived in Granger on September 14th, and raised
close to $3,000. Well done!
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