2006-09-22 / Community

SUNY Opens New Computer Lab In Far Rockaway

Assemblywoman Titus' Persistence Brings High Tech To Area
By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

The ATTAIN computer lab is equipped with top of the line, high speed computers and various types of software to help residents expand their academic and job search skills. The ATTAIN computer lab is equipped with top of the line, high speed computers and various types of software to help residents expand their academic and job search skills. With 24 workstations - each with a top of the line computer installed with a high-speed Intel Pentium 4 processor and an array of various types of software - the availability of high technology has come to Far Rockaway.

The new Advanced Technology Training and Information Networking (ATTAIN) Lab opened on September 8, thanks to the persistence of Assemblywoman Michele Titus. The lab is run in conjunction with the State University of New York (SUNY) Center for Academic and Workforce Development.

"The first thing I got on board with, after being elected, was to bring high technology to the community," Titus said.

Vijay Macwan, the director at the Center for Academic and Workforce Development said, "It has been a while since Assemblywoman Titus spoke to me abut the things she wanted to do in Far Rockaway. She recognized the need for some knowledge of technology [in the area]."

Over 30 courses are available at the lab that will assist area residents in increasing their academic and employee skills. Also available will be distance learning, as was demonstrated at the opening with a live class from Buffalo.

Assemblywoman Titus talks about the advantages of having a high tech lab in the Far Rockaway area. Assemblywoman Titus talks about the advantages of having a high tech lab in the Far Rockaway area. Residents in Rockaway will have access to the Internet, interactive multimedia software and career training software. "With the Far Rockaway ATTAIN Lab, SUNY is bringing an extraordinary level of community access to information and technology," Titus said. "Residents will be afforded technical assistance with job training in the fields of health care education, and skills in business education. The ATTAIN Lab will be a tremendous resource to the residents of the 31st Assembly District."

The lab is located on the second floor of 1526 Central Avenue in Far Rockaway. It is a satellite of SUNY's Queens Employment Opportunity Center in Jamaica. While hours are still being structured for the new lab, Khayriyyah Ali - the executive director of the Queens EOC - said anyone interested in using the new lab can call her at (718) 725-3403. All services at the ATTAIN Lab are free to the community.

With the instructor in Buffalo (top right), those at the lab's opening (bottom right) listen to a sample lecture in a demonstration of distance learning. With the instructor in Buffalo (top right), those at the lab's opening (bottom right) listen to a sample lecture in a demonstration of distance learning. Following the ribbon cutting Macaw, Ali - the executive director of the Jamaica EOC, Assemblywoman Titus, Harvey Gordon of the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, Harold Moorer and the NAACP's Ed Williams gather around some of the lab's work stations. Following the ribbon cutting Macaw, Ali - the executive director of the Jamaica EOC, Assemblywoman Titus, Harvey Gordon of the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, Harold Moorer and the NAACP's Ed Williams gather around some of the lab's work stations.

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