BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, AUGUST 13, 2012 – Time Warner Cable today was joined by the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) and local officials to open a state-of-the-art Learning Lab at Good Shepherd Services in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The community services organization is the first in the borough to receive a Learning Lab, which is a Time Warner Cable-funded initiative providing New Yorkers with access to computers, e-learning programs and high-speed Internet to assist with their educational and professional development needs.
“Time Warner Cable is proud to partner with Good Shepherd Services, a prestigious organization which throughout its long history has improved the lives of countless New Yorkers,” said Brien Kelley, Time Warner Cable’s Area Vice President of Operations for Brooklyn and Queens. “We are excited to invest in Park Slope and look forward to our Learning Lab having a positive impact on the surrounding community.”
The Learning Lab is powered by high-speed Internet from Time Warner Cable Business Class, which is also providing the lab’s television and HD DVR services. The facility is also fully equipped with computers, computer software, printers and a HD television that are completely underwritten by Time Warner Cable. The value of the donation exceeds $50,000.
Bill Tyson, Regional Vice President of Commercial Services for Time Warner Cable Business Class, said, “We are very pleased to power this Learning Lab with complimentary high-speed Internet from Time Warner Cable Business Class. Our Learning Lab investments are a great extension of our mission of serving the city’s business community, as they help strengthen today’s workforce while providing young people with the tools they need to become successful later in life.”
“Good Shepherd Services is very grateful to Time Warner Cable for their partnership and support in establishing the Time Warner Cable Learning Lab at our Fifth Avenue location in Brooklyn,” said Sr. Paulette LoMonaco, Executive Director of Good Shepherd Services. “This facility aligns perfectly with Good Shepherd Services’ mission to provide youth and families with the services and support they need to make a safe passage to self-sufficiency. The Time Warner Cable Learning Lab will ensure that our program participants have access to cutting-edge technology and opportunities to improve and refine their computer literacy skills, which are so vital to achieving success in school and the workplace.”
“Digital literacy is essential to preserving opportunity for all," said Assemblyman Jim Brennan. “That's why I deeply appreciate that Time Warner Cable has partnered with Good Shepherd Services, a world-class social service organization, to establish a Learning Lab in Brooklyn. Congratulations and thanks!"
Assemblyman Felix Ortiz said, “This new Learning Lab will greatly benefit the community. Good Shepherd Services has such a positive impact on thousands of individuals, and this new Lab will help them accomplish their mission of providing development, education, and family services to those in need. I would like to thank Time Warner Cable for their generous support of Good Shepherd Services and for their support of the greater Brooklyn Community as a whole.”
“Today, in the city’s largest borough, the Bloomberg Administration’s work to bridge the digital divide takes another step forward by bringing the power of broadband to New Yorkers who need it most,” said DoITT Commissioner Rahul N. Merchant. “With private and non-profit partners like Time Warner Cable and Good Shepherd Services, we’re steadily improving access to this vital technology at what will soon be more than 100 centers citywide.”
Good Shepherd Services is a leading youth development, education and family service agency that focuses on high-need communities in Brooklyn and the Bronx, and serves over 20,000 program participants a year.
The Learning Lab at Good Shepherd Services is the fifth technology center that Time Warner Cable has officially opened in New York City. Additional Learning Labs are located at the Police Athletic League Center in Harlem, Sunnyside Community Services in Sunnyside, Queens, Gerard Carter Community Center in Stapleton, Staten Island, and the James Weldon Johnson Community Center in Harlem. The next Learning Lab to open will be at a Manhattan facility in Chinatown operated by the Chinese-American Planning Council.
Time Warner Cable made the commitment to open 40 computer centers enabled by broadband, branded as Learning Labs, when it renewed its franchise with the City of New York last year. In partnership with local not-for-profit organizations, the Labs enable Time Warner Cable to provide free broadband access to low-income communities throughout its service area.
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.
Time Warner Cable opened its first Learning Lab in Brooklyn at Good Shepherd Services in Park Slope. It is fully equipped with state-of-the-art computers and powered by high-speed Internet from Time Warner Cable Business Class. The entire facility is underwritten by Time Warner Cable with a donation value exceeding $50,000. Photo credit: Nir Arieli for Shahar Azran Photography
Park Slope youth use computer programs at the Time Warner Cable Learning Lab at Good Shepherd Services in Park Slope. The entire facility is underwritten by Time Warner Cable with a donation value exceeding $50,000. Photo credit: Nir Arieli for Shahar Azran Photography
Time Warner Cable and local officials cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of its first Learning Lab in Brooklyn at Good Shepherd Services in Park Slope. The state-of-the-art facility will provide local residents with access to computers, e-learning programs and high-speed Internet to assist with their educational and professional development needs. Photo credit: Nir Arieli for Shahar Azran Photography
From l. to r. Brien Kelley, Time Warner Cable’s Area Vice President of Operations for Brooklyn and Queens; Bill Tyson, Time Warner Cable Business Class Regional Vice President of Business Operations; Senator Velmanette Montgomery; Sr. Paulette LoMonaco, Executive Director of Good Shepherd Services; Assembly Member Felix Ortiz; Rahul N. Merchant, Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications Commissioner; and Assembly Member James Brennan.
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 Good Shepherd Services
Good Shepherd Services is a leading youth development, education, and family service agency. We are a recognized leader in the development of innovative service models and high quality programs, as well as the winner of the inaugural 2007 New York Times Company Non-Profit Excellence Award for overall management excellence. Our mission is to surround at-risk New York City youth and their families with a web of supports that promote a safe passage to self-sufficiency. Each year, we work with more than 20,000 vulnerable New Yorkers through over 70 programs in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, which include two networks of community-based youth development, education, and family services in Brooklyn and the Bronx; group homes for adolescents; and foster care and adoption services. To learn more about our work, please visit us online at www.goodshepherds.org.