Brooklyn, New York – As part of a multi-year effort to provide New Yorkers with free access to state-of-the-art computer and technology centers, Time Warner Cable today officially opened one of its Learning Labs at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The lab, which features 22 laptop computers loaded with software, as well as projectors and screens to foster a learning environment and assist in job training programs, was funded through a $65,000 donation from Time Warner Cable. Time Warner Cable Business Class will increase the donation by powering the lab with complimentary high-speed Internet service.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, which operates the Brooklyn Navy Yard, will integrate the Learning Lab as part of its Employment Center to provide yard tenants and residents of the surrounding community with enhanced professional development services and access to technology. More than 1,000 individuals seek assistance from the Employment Center annually and the Learning Lab will be used to assist them in their search and increase their likelihood of being placed. Within the past year, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Employment Center placed more than 200 local residents in jobs, approximately 25 percent of whom have come from local New York City Housing Authority public housing.
“The Brooklyn Navy Yard has a wonderful history and we are committed to doing our part to ensure it plays a strong role in the local economy,” said Ken Fitzpatrick, President of Time Warner Cable Business Class, East Region. “This Learning Lab is an invaluable asset for yard tenants and local residents, providing them with a state-of-the-art facility where they can learn the latest computer applications and receive important job training and gain the skills local employers need to be competitive in a worldwide economy. We are very pleased to partner with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation on this great initiative.”
Andrew H. Kimball, President and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, said, “We are thrilled to partner with Time Warner Cable to open this Learning Lab and increase the services we offer to local residents in search of employment and Yard businesses looking for quality candidates.”
Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol said, "With the ever-expanding world of technology, our children need to be equipped for the future and access to computers and internet is essential to their development. Technology start-up companies and jobs are flourishing right here in North Brooklyn, and providing children with the necessary tools will ensure they are prepared to compete for these jobs in the future. I applaud Time Warner Cable for making the commitment to the children of New York City by committing 40 Learning Labs by 2020 to provide low income communities with the tools to prepare them for the future."
Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President, said, “I applaud Time Warner Cable for opening its second Brooklyn Learning Lab in—where else—the Navy Yard, part of our borough’s rapidly expanding Tech Triangle, which I predict will overtake the Silicon Valley and become the nation’s hub for hi-tech ingenuity. The Navy Yard Learning Center will provide users—particularly residents from public housing and low-income communities—with access to the latest in technology as well as critical job training and placement resources. Bravo to Time Warner Cable and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation for ‘rebooting’ the futures of ‘techies’ in training—and helping them go ‘online’ to get ‘in line’ for rewarding careers.”
“As we’ve seen in Park Slope, Sunnyside, Stapleton, and up and down Manhattan, so we see it at the Brooklyn Navy Yard today – Time Warner Cable delivering upon its commitment to expand broadband access across its service area,” said Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications Commissioner Rahul Merchant. “Through public-private partnerships like these, we continue the Bloomberg Administration’s commitment to further bridge the digital divide for communities who need it most.”
As part of its franchise renewal with the City of New York in 2011, Time Warner Cable has committed to have 40 Learning Labs open in New York City by 2020 to provide low income communities with free access to computers and high-speed Internet. Time Warner Cable’s total investment to equip these 40 facilities will exceed $2 million, plus additional in-kind funding from Time Warner Cable Business Class for complimentary Internet and video services. Non-profit partners, such as the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, oversee the labs’ daily operations and utilize their technologies to provide important instructional courses for local neighborhoods.
The Learning Lab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard is the seventh such facility to officially open in New York City. The other labs are located at Good Shepherd Services in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and Sunnyside Community Services in Sunnyside, Queens. Labs have also opened at the Gerard Carter Community Center in Stapleton, Staten Island, as well as at the Chinese-American Planning Council in Manhattan’s Chinatown neighborhood. Harlem is presently home to two labs, including at the Police Athletic League Center and James Weldon Johnson Community Center. In addition, Time Warner Cable recently announced the donation of a Learning Lab to the Ali Forney Center, which plans to open a lab in Manhattan.
The opening of a Learning Lab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard represents a continued investment by Time Warner Cable at this business complex. Last year, Time Warner Cable Business Class completed a project to completely wire the complex with its advanced fiber optics communications network. The network, which is being expanded to established and emerging business locations throughout New York City, enables businesses to be connected to a dedicated Internet network that provides speeds that reach 1 gigabyte per second and faster, and have their voice, Ethernet, TV, and video transport solutions delivered over high-bandwidth for increased speed and reliability.
Time Warner Cable’s New York City service area includes Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and western Brooklyn, Mt. Vernon, NY, as well as Bergen and Hudson counties in New Jersey.
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high‐speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting more than 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and, through its NaviSite subsidiary, managed and outsourced information technology solutions and cloud services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com, www.twcbc.com, www.navisite.com, and www.twcmedia.com.
About Time Warner Cable Business Class
Time Warner Cable Business Class, a division of Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), offers a full complement of business communications tools to small-and medium-sized businesses and enterprise-sized companies. Its phone, Internet, Ethernet, cable TV and security solutions are enhanced by award-winning customer service and local support teams. Time Warner Cable Business Class was founded in 1998, offering high-speed Internet to small businesses. Today, it serves approximately 450,000 business customers throughout Time Warner Cable’s markets. For more information, please visit http://www.twcbc.com.
About Brooklyn Navy Yard
The Brooklyn Navy Yard is owned by the City of New York and managed by the not-for-profit Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. BNYDC leases space in the Yard, promotes local economic development, develops underutilized areas and oversees modernization of the Yard's infrastructure. Established in 1801, the Brooklyn Navy Yard served as one of America's preeminent military facilities for more than 150 years. Today, the Yard is a thriving industrial park with nearly 300 businesses that employ 6400 people. In 2011, BNYDC opened the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92—an exhibition, visitors and employment center—to celebrate the Yard’s past, present and future and its role as a national model for sustainable urban industry and job creation.