The learning lab features high-speed internet and free computers that is free for the community to use.
Time Warner Cable has opened up similar learning labs across the city, often in under-served neighborhoods. Each learning lab is different based on what the local community needs.
For instance, in some learning labs there are a mix of desktops and tablets, whereas in others there are a few laptops and a smartboard. Exactly what the Rockaway lab will look like hasn’t been determined yet.
The lab will be at RDRC, located at 190 Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway. Time Warner representatives anticipate the lab will open later this year.
Once the facility is opened, it will be overseen by RDRC regarding daily operations and implementation of the pieces of technology.
Time Warner Cable has said that it is committed to opening 40 of these learning labs throughout the five boroughs.
“We are ecstatic about out new partnership with Time Warner Cable that will significantly increase our community’s access to 21st century technology,” said Kevin Alexander, president and CEO of RDRC. “The Time Warner Cable learning lab will provide thousands of community residents with the opportunity to improve employment skills, research companies, apply for jobs, research and apply to college.”
This is not the first time that Time Warner has provided aid to the Rockaways. The group handed out food in the area post-Sandy, and the company hosted a staff event in which the employees removed debris and sand from a local playground.
“Time Warner Cable is committed to helping this area fully recover from Hurricane Sandy,” said Brien Kelly, Time Warner Cable’s Area Vice President for Queens and Brooklyn. “This learning lab will help bring many job placement and educational benefits to local residents, and we look forward to opening it later this year.”