2008-10-24 / Community

ATTAINing New Horizons In Far Rockaway

Natasha Carter, Lab Manger-Coordinator, is pictured in the ATTAIN lab. Natasha Carter, Lab Manger-Coordinator, is pictured in the ATTAIN lab. The ATTAIN Lab, a high tech, state-of-the-art computer facility located on the uppermost floor at 1526 Central Avenue, is an innovative educational initiative which functions under the aegis of State University of New York, Queens Educational Opportunity Center (EOC).

The ATTAIN lab, which shares a building with Miss D's Playgroup, focuses on mental and educational development and expansion and is geared toward earthly achievement through technology-centered pedagogy.

David Hook, Rockaway resident and part-time political consultant, is the director of the Far Rockaway Satellite and has been a longtime employee of Queens EOC. "My greatest hope is that the community, my community, will make the most of ATTAIN's resources … learn new information, familiarize themselves with the new technology and empower themselves to a better qualify of life," said Hooks.

ATTAIN labs are components designed to aid participants with educational development, promote digital parity in economically-challenged communities and support residents seeking to improve their employability and academic skills. The technology offers more than 30 occupational, academic and self-development courses in targeted economically challenged urban and rural communities.

Pictured are Carter and David Hooks. Pictured are Carter and David Hooks. Among the lab's interactive software courses available are GED preparation, financial literacy, college preparation, basic education, home health worker, parenting skills, building maintenance and digital literacy. The courses are available Monday through Friday, without cost, for any resident who meets the income guidelines.

The ATTAIN staff consists of three administrative members and six academic instructors who are licensed by New York State. The current enrollees vary in age and background and have a desire to pick up where they left off with their education.

This local participant uses his time in the lab wisely. Photos by Timothy Aaron- Styles. This local participant uses his time in the lab wisely. Photos by Timothy Aaron- Styles.

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