More than $2 Million Dollars in Microsoft Software will be Donated to LULAC National Education Service Technology Centers Across the Country
July 5, 2011
Contact: Paloma Zuleta
WASHINGTON, DC – Microsoft announced a $2 million dollar donation in software to LULAC’s 55 technology centers. The commitment was made at the 2011 LULAC National Convention in Cincinnati.
With Microsoft’s support, the centers, which are located in Hispanic communities across the country, will help bridge the Digital Divide, with state-of-the-art computer equipment, software and high-speed internet access as well as computer instruction to students and parents.
“By providing this software we hope to continue bridging the gap for Latinos across the country. We are confident that expanding opportunities for people of all ages will empower them to pursue their passion, forge new frontiers, and contribute to the future of their communities, “said Paul Lancaster Adams to a full room and honored guests that included former President of Mexico and first lady, Vicente and Martha Fox.
“LULAC is excited about the partnership with Microsoft and we look forward to a long friendship of building sustainable communities that will empower people to be well versed with the Internet and technology,” said Brent Wilkes, National Executive Director for LULAC.
Internet access is critical in order for the training programs to facilitate students to do school work, as well as, conduct financial aid and job searches, have access to money management, English language courses, online citizenship and college applications and take GED classes on line.
LULAC has a long tradition of service by providing access to technology centers. At the 2011 National Convention, “Bridging the Gap: Expanding the Latino Agenda into New Frontiers!” LULAC made training workshops, and a job fair available to the residents of the greater Cincinnati area. LULAC has made great advancements in providing access to millions of Hispanics in underserved communities and has stood firm in its commitment to close the Digital Divide in the Latino Community. Today, LULAC empowers over 200,000 Latinos a year to advance their education, careers and quality of life through a network of 55 community technology centers in 36 states.
The League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest and largest Hispanic membership organization in the country, advances the economic conditions, educational attainment, political influence, health, housing and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating nearly 900 LULAC councils nationwide.