Computer Resource Centers
Expanding Broadband Access and Community Resources
Are you a first-time computer user? A jobseeker looking to strengthen your resume? A teen interested in making movies? Computer Resource Centers can provide you with the tools and guidance you need.
Computer Resource Centers (CRCs) are located within Recreation Centers and provide free digital learning resources for center members of all ages and abilities. Starting with one public computer lab at Al Smith Recreation Center in 1997, there are now CRCs throughout the five boroughs. CRCs aim to increase community technology resources through providing internet access and technology education in New York City communities.
Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
In July, 2011, Computer Resource Centers received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding provided by the Department of Commerce through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. The funding sponsors new equipment and staff at 11 CRC sites across the five boroughs. Sponsored sites include Al Oerter, Brownsville, Chelsea, Greenbelt, Hamilton Fish, Hansborough, Jackie Robinson, Sorrentino, St. John’s, St. Mary’s and Sunset Park Computer Resource Centers.You can read more about BTOP funding and the New York City Connected Communities initiative on the BTOP page.
Digital tools available for member use include:
- PC and Mac computers
- Digital cameras
- Video cameras
- Audio tools
- Microsoft Office and multimedia software
- Assistive technologies for the visually impaired
Classes range from single workshops to 4 – 12 week courses. New class schedules begin seasonally and class registration occurs during the two weeks before the next session’s start date. CRCs run on interim schedules during the holiday season and public school closure.
For information about sponsorship or collaboration with CRCs, please visit our Collaborator page. To send a message to CRC, use our Contact Form. Visit the Recreation Center Membership page to learn about fees and facilities.
We hope to see you soon in a Computer Resource Center!