Computer Resource Centers
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.
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.
Work with kids around the world or learn how to be safe on the internet. Youth programming is available for children aged 6 to 13 with a free recreation center membership.
Learn graphic design and video production, become a Green Teen, study for the SATs, and get your homework done! Programs are available for teens aged 14 to 17 with a free youth recreation center membership .
- Open Access: Find open hours to enjoy and use the computer resource center.
- New Computer Users: Are you a first-time computer user? Learn the basics, learn the key features, and become a technology guru!
- Job Seekers: Professional skills are the most important ingredient for career success. Learn to use computer tools that will get you where you want to be.
- Arts and Technology: Learn how to animate a cartoon, film and edit your own comedy show, make your own website, get rid of wrinkles in a picture, mix and edit your own music, and so much more!
How to Register
Please consult the Schedules page for CRC calendars and class availability. Read course descriptions on the Programs page. Please register for classes at the front desk of the corresponding recreation center.
Each center is equipped with PCs, Macs, and a variety of peripheral equipment. 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
- Please visit the recreation center page to find out which centers are handicap accessible.
- Tools such as text enlargers and audio text readers are available in many staffed CRCs for visually-impaired computer users. Contact your CRC Coordinator for more information about accessing these tools.
We hope to see you soon in a Computer Resource Center!
Expanding Broadband Access and Community Resources
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. You can read more about BTOP funding and the New York City Connected Communities initiative on the Collaborations page.
Computer Resource Centers (CRCs) bridge the digital divide by empowering New Yorkers of all ages with low-cost computer access and education.
Located in Parks Recreation Centers throughout NYC, many in historically underserved communities, CRCs offer:
- Classes for all ages and abilities
- High-speed Internet access
- Professional and educational software and training
- Open drop-in time