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TIME WARNER CABLE LEARNING LAB OPENS AT THE JAMES WELDON JOHNSON COMMUNITY CENTER IN HARLEM

Harlem Community Center Will Have Complimentary Access to High-Speed Internet and Latest Computer Technologies

Release Date: 04/05/2012

 Learning Lab in Harlem
Time Warner Cable and local dignitaries cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of a Time Warner Cable Learning Lab at the James Weldon Johnson Community Center in Harlem. The state-of-the-art facility will serve as a vital community service, providing children and adults with access to computers, e-learning programs and high-speed Internet. Photo credit: Shahar Azran Photography

From left, Supportive Children's Advocacy Network (SCAN) Executive Director Lewis Zuchman, Department of Youth and Community Development Commissioner Jeanne B. Mullgrav, Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez, Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications Commissioner Carole Post and Time Warner Cable's Regional Vice President of Operations in New York City John Quigley.
New York, NY - Time Warner Cable and local dignitaries opened a Time Warner Cable Learning Lab yesterday at the James Weldon Johnson Community Center in Harlem. The state-of-the-art facility will serve as a vital community service, providing children and adults with access to computers, e-learning programs and high-speed Internet.

Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez, Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) Commissioner Jeanne B. Mullgrav, Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) Commissioner Carole Post and Supportive Children’s Advocacy Network (SCAN) Executive Director Lewis Zuchman joined Time Warner Cable to celebrate the special occasion.

The Time Warner Cable Learning Lab is fully equipped with state-of-the-art computers and computer software that are connected to Time Warner Cable Business Class Broadband Internet and TWC WiFiTM service. The facility also boasts flat screen high-definition (HD) televisions equipped with TV and HD DVR services. The entire facility is underwritten by Time Warner Cable. 

“The Time Warner Cable Learning Lab is one way we’re giving back to the Harlem community by providing the best service and products for residents to utilize essential programs like e-learning at the James Weldon Johnson Community Center,” said John Quigley, Time Warner Cable’s Regional Vice President of Operations in New York City. “Time Warner Cable understands the need for fast and reliable access to the Internet and the latest technologies, which is why we’ve wired the Learning Labs with our most advanced services.”

“I am proud to be joining Time Warner Cable in celebrating their significant investment in the youth of our community,” said Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez. “Technology is a powerful teaching tool and technology skills are pivotal to success in school, and in an increasingly competitive job market.  Time Warner Cable is making sure that limited finances don’t hinder opportunities for our youth to learn, embrace, and excel in the information age.”

“I am delighted to see that the learning lab at the Johnson Community Center is already exceeding our expectations,” said DYCD Commissioner Jeanne B. Mullgrav. “In just a few short months, participants of all ages have started to take advantage of all this facility has to offer. Whether you are a student researching a project or filling out a college application, a job seeker polishing your resume, or a senior citizen learning how to access benefits, the resources you need are here. There is even a recording studio for our aspiring artists. Many thanks to our generous partners at Time Warner Cable for helping to make this center come alive.”
“In a digital world that’s made smaller than ever before by common technologies we can all use and share, the world remains a big place for people without access to broadband,” said DoITT Commissioner Carole Post. “As part of the City’s overall broadband strategy, including partners like Time Warner Cable, the Johnson Community Center is the latest in a line of more than 100 facilities that will provide free public broadband service across the five boroughs.”

“SCAN is grateful to Time Warner Cable and the New York Department of Youth and Community Development, for their significant support in establishing the Time Warner Cable Learning Lab,” said Lewis Zuchman, Executive Director of the Supportive Children’s Advocacy Network. “Access to technology is a critical component to educating today’s inner city youths and putting them on a successful career path. “The Time Warner Cable Learning Lab will be alive with activity and learning, ensuring that our seniors and young people are connected to educational and socio-cultural portals vital to their present and future lives.”

The Time Warner Cable Learning Lab at the James Weldon Johnson Community Center is the fourth from the company to open in New York City. Additional Time Warner Cable Learning Labs are located at the Police Athletic League Center in Harlem, Sunnyside Community Services in Sunnyside, Queens, and at the Gerard Carter Community Center in Stapleton, Staten Island. The next Time Warner Cable Learning Lab to open will be located at a facility in Chinatown owned by the Chinese-American Planning Council.

Time Warner Cable’s New York City footprint serves over 1.3 million customers in four New York City boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and western Brooklyn), Mt. Vernon, Hudson Valley (Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and parts of Dutchess, Greene and Delaware Counties), and 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 DYCD
DYCD supports New York City’s afterschool and youth workforce development programs throughout the five boroughs. The agency also oversees funding for anti-poverty programs, such as adult literacy and immigrant services. For more information, please go to www.nyc.gov/dycd or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About DoITT
The Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) provides for the sustained, efficient and effective delivery of IT services, infrastructure and telecommunications to enhance service delivery to New York City’s residents, businesses, employees and visitors.  DoITT is at the center of shaping the City’s IT strategy and policy, especially as it relates to the emerging and innovative technologies making government more effective and user-friendly. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/doitt

About SCAN
SCAN (Supportive Children’s Advocacy Network) is an East Harlem/South Bronx community-based youth/family services organization.  Its rich array of programming includes: after-school activities with an academic, recreational and creative arts focus that reach 5,000 children at five community centers and ten school-based sites; “Reach for the Stars” an award winning college-bound initiative serving 100 7th - 12th graders and successfully placing over 90% at academically respectable colleges;  a Youth Employment Program; Family Preventive Services, providing counseling and support to parents struggling with substance abuse, behavioral health and domestic violence issues; and Supplemental Educational Services providing over 100 hours of tutoring in English and math to children enrolled in over twelve public schools throughout the city.

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Media Contacts:
Shelley Loo
Time Warner Cable
(212) 379-5808
Shelley.Loo@twcable.com

Cathleen Collins
Department of Youth and Community Development
(212) 442-6012
ccollins@dycd.nyc.gov

Nick Sbordone
Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications
(212) 788-6602
nsbordone@doitt.nyc.gov

Lewis Zuchman
SCAN
(212) 289-8030
lzuchman@scanny.org

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