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Granger, Yakima Valley, Washington, USA

What's new at KDNA and NCEC

News about KDNA, Novela Health Education,
and the Northwest Communities Education Center

Community Technology Center Funded - crossing the digital divide

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.

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Read more in Yakima Herald-Republic, 10/23/2002

What's a "community technology center"?

October 10, 2002

Strengthening Community During Difficult Times
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 11th.

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.

Read 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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