March 5, 2012 By NC Tech News
Mayor Anthony Foxx will participate in a ribbon cutting on March 6th at 10:30 am at the newest Charlotte Works’ Shared Network Access Point (SNAP) site, Community Outreach Christian Ministries at 1800 Brewton Dr, Charlotte, NC. The ribbon cutting highlights an ongoing relationship between Charlotte Works and Microsoft to connect Charlotte’s unemployed to community wide resources.
“We are thrilled that Microsoft is providing software to support job training in Charlotte,” says Mayor Foxx. “The volunteers, computers and software at this and other SNAP sites will allow the resources needed to engage and empower under and unemployed individuals in our communities to find work.”
The Community Outreach Christian Ministries SNAP site, located in the Oaklawn neighborhood, was selected specifically by Mayor Foxx for the ribbon cutting announcement. This Ministry was started by the late Pastor Barbara Brewton-Cameron in 1982. Brewton-Cameron revitalized the area once known for drugs, crime and prostitution. It was where she was raised and where her late husband Casey Brewton Senior was murdered. “Her vision and the history here,” says nephew Charles Robinson, “inspire us to continue her message. We are blessed to work with Charlotte Works to continue to provide for the needs of our community.”
Microsoft is providing software that includes Microsoft Office, Word and Excel for all Charlotte Works’ SNAP site computers.
“We are proud to support the Charlotte Works SNAP sites with technology that will help people gain the important technology skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce,” says Reggie Isaac, Microsoft Charlotte Campus Site Director. “The work being done at the Charlotte Works’ SNAP sites will help job-seekers to gain new skills to help them get back to work as well as assist local employers in identifying and hiring potential employees. This is a winning combination that we are proud to be a part of,” says Isaac.
SNAP sites are public network access points shared with targeted community partners to extend Charlotte Works’ resources in neighborhoods and within faith-based organizations so that communication, transportation and other barriers become non-factors to development.
For more information or to find out how your church or organization can become a SNAP site go to www.charlotteworks.com.
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