Oklahoma City University Intergenerational Computer Center seeks to improve digital literacy

Located on the north side of the Oklahoma City University campus, the Intergenerational Computer Center gives classes in computer skills for all age groups, and also provides a place for anyone to find a computer. The center is funded by a three-year federal grant, which runs out later this year.
by Silas Allen Published: July 16, 2013

Nichole Gaines has tried to make movies before. She never had much luck with it, she said.

But after learning about video editing Monday, she's willing to give it another shot.

“I couldn't figure out how to make it work,” she said. “I'm definitely going to try it again today.”

Nichole, 10, is part of a group of Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County students taking a video editing class this week at Oklahoma City University's Intergenerational Computer Center.

Located on the north side of OCU's campus, the center gives classes in computer skills for all age groups, and also provides a place for anyone to find a computer. The center is funded by a three-year federal grant, which runs out later this year.

Every day this week, a group of Boys and Girls Club students will be at the center to learn to make video presentations. Devion Jackson, one of the students, said Monday's class covered putting photos with music.

Devion, 13, said he's interested in video. He'd like to make more elaborate movies after he masters the skills, he said, but his home computer doesn't have video editing software. He said he was pleased the center gave him the chance to learn to edit video.

The center opened in January 2012 after completing a pilot phase in the fall of 2011. The center is funded by a three-year, $1.4 million stimulus grant through the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. OCU provided $747,000 in matching funds for the project.

That grant runs out in September, leaving the university to look for other sources of funding to sustain the center, said Teena Belcik, the center's project manager. The center has received grants from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and United Way of Central Oklahoma to sustain the program, she said.


by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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