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ARC Funds New Computer Lab at CCLS

Monday, November 23, 2020 9:24 AM | Hali Black (Administrator)

Choctaw County Library System was able to replace all staff and patron computers, create a computer lab space, and increase the amount of patron computer stations in the Ackerman Branch with funding provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).  


At the beginning of 2020, the Ackerman Branch Library’s patron computer area consisted of only six patron computers lining a wall near the circulation desk. In April, library director Cristin Chandler wrote an ARC grant requesting $30,000 to use toward replacement of all computers at both CCLS branches, additional computers and laptops to meet the need of public computers and technology classes, and desks and chairs for a computer lab at the Ackerman Branch. 

 

The grant was awarded in June, and CCLS employees were hard at work during the summer rearranging materials in the library to make room for a new computer lab. Installation of an eleven-station computer lab is now complete, including a new printer and print system for patron use and a charging table for patrons’ laptops or devices. With grant funding, all staff and patron computers at both the Ackerman and Weir branches have been upgraded for the first time in almost ten years. 

 

As part of the ARC grant agreement, CCLS was able to purchase a group of laptops and will offer computer classes over the next two years. These classes will support adults through workforce development skills, resume writing and computer proficiency. CCLS will also implement STEAM focused youth programs, introducing different technology-driven career opportunities. 

 

These classes and programs align with ARC’s Ready Workforce strategy to increase the education, knowledge, skills, and health of residents to work and succeed in Appalachia and with Mississippi ARC strategy to develop a globally competitive workforce through improvements in workforce training and readiness, education initiatives, healthy workforce initiatives, and increased educational achievement.



 

Submitted by: 
Cristin Chandler 
Library Director 
Choctaw County Library System


        

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