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Monday, September 09, 2013
No. 78

NYC Parks Computer Resource Centers Host Free Open House Hours For Non-members

Learn about our earn-while-you-learn and free certification classes!

This month, eight NYC Parks Recreation Centers will open up their Computer Resource Centers (CRC) for free to anyone interested in learning more about what they offer. During open house hours, visitors are invited to learn more about fall classes offered at the CRC’s and explore new ways to use the internet for health, fitness, and fun. Non-members who are interested in attending an open house will also receive a one day pass access the Recreation Center for free (while supplies last).

Young Adults are invited to learn more about DigitalWork NYC, a program that offers free computer training with an opportunity to “Earn while you Learn” by completing online tasks and getting paid for it immediately. If you are between the ages of 16 and 26, you can gain valuable work and educational experience and get a head start on jobs in the business, entrepreneurship, and technology sectors. Upon completion of the DigitalWork program, each participant will be able to take a free certification exam and will receive a free 1-year recreation membership. Participants demonstrating outstanding skill improvement will have the chance to win a new laptop. Every candidate will also receive job, internship, and training/educational placement support in the technology and design fields, with the help of an employment specialist.

Open House hours will be hosted at CRCs in the following Recreation Centers: St. Mary’s in the Bronx; Brownsville, McCarren and St. John’s in Brooklyn; Sorrentino and Al Oerter in Queens; and Pelham Fritz and Jackie Robinson in Manhattan.
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.

For a full schedule of CRC Open Houses, please visit

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