NEW YORK, (June 2, 2015) – 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 has opened its newest Learning Labs at The Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS) in Flushing on June 2. A $48,700 grant from Time Warner Cable funded The Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York with new desktop computers, laptops, smart boards and projectors. Time Warner Cable Business Class enhanced the donation by powering the lab with complimentary high-speed Internet service.
“Time Warner Cable is proud to partner with an organization that serves as a strong voice for the Asian American community in New York City,” said John Quigley, regional vice president of operations for Time Warner Cable. “We hope Learning Labs like this one will empower residents with greater access to the Internet and create beneficial opportunities that will promote digital literacy to help close the digital divide.”
“On behalf of the Board and Staff of Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS), I am very pleased to announce this partnership with Time Warner Cable (TWC) in providing us with this state-of-the-art Learning Lab. TWC has provided us with computers, smart boards, tablets and laptops to help us provide free high quality educational programs to our low-income clients in the Asian community, allowing them to build crucial skills and become more self-sufficient and active members of their community. We are very thankful for the generosity of TWC and for their recognition of providing these types of services in the Asian community of New York City,” said Linda Lee, Executive Director at KCS.
“I applaud Time Warner Cable and The Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS) for establishing this essential partnership. With the launch of this learning laboratory, Time Warner Cable and KCS are enhancing the community and advancing the daily lives of New York City residents,” said New York City Council Member Paul Vallone.
“It is important to modernize and reduce the digital division between communities. The Learning Lab is an excellent opportunity to revitalize and empower communities by providing access to specialized e-learning programs, high speed internet service, and state-of-the-art technology,” said New York State Assembly member Ron Kim.
As part of its franchise renewal with the City of New York in 2011, Time Warner Cable has committed to open 40 Learning Labs in New York City by 2020 — providing 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 Center, oversee the labs’ daily operations and utilize their technologies for the people they serve.
Time Warner Cable has opened 17 learning labs throughout New York City. Labs are currently located at the YWCA in Manhattan; Woodside on the Move in Woodside, Queens; Red Hook Initiative in Red Hook, Brooklyn; Good Shepherd Services in Park Slope, Brooklyn; Sunnyside Community Services in Sunnyside, Queens and Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation in Far Rockaway, Queens. Labs have also opened at the Brooklyn Navy Yard; HeartShare Human Services in Bay Ridge, 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 three labs, including the Police Athletic League Center, the James Weldon Johnson Community Center and the Ali Forney Center.
Time Warner Cable’s New York City service area includes Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, western Brooklyn, and Mt. Vernon, NY, as well as Bergen and Hudson counties in New Jersey.
About The Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS)
Founded in 1973 and incorporated in July 1974 as the first community-based social service agency targeting the Korean population, The Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS) is a voluntary, nonprofit 501(c)(3) community service agency with the objective to develop and deliver a broad range of community service programs to meet the various needs of the community. In order to achieve these objectives, KCS provides various professional community service programs in the areas of Aging, Community, Workforce Development, and Public Health.
KCS serves over 1,100 individuals daily with the help of 10 board members, 28 full-time staff, 25 part-time staff, and about 100 volunteers who are all working to make our community better in locations around the greater New York area. There are five site locations in the New York City area including three in Queens, an office in Manhattan, and a satellite office in Brooklyn. We’ve also expanded our Affordable Care Act services to northern 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 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 enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising sales 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.twc.com, www.twcbc.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.