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What is the WorkForce West Virginia broadband grant?

The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has awarded WorkForce West Virginia a $1.9 million Recovery Act grant to enhance and expand public-use computers, connection speeds and wireless capabilities at WorkForce West Virginia field offices across the state. WorkForce West Virginia will purchase new equipment for each Public Computer Center (PCC), upgrade to faster broadband connections, and add video conferencing at each site.

How does the broadband grant benefit me?

In the long term, these Recovery Act investments will help bridge the digital divide in West Virginia, improve access to education and healthcare services, and boost economic development for communities held back by limited or no access to broadband – communities that would otherwise be left behind. The project will stimulate demand for broadband by allowing customers an interactive experience with the benefits of this technology.

In the short-term, WorkForce West Virginia’s public computer centers will provide access to job opportunities and job training for the unemployed or under-employed. Specifically, West Virginians will be able to utilize the video conferencing capabilities at the centers to participate in job interviews or training, and connect to specialized medical care. Each PCC will have special equipment to provide broadband access for the disabled.

Where are the new Public Computer Centers?
Click here to see which one of our 17 Public Computer Centers is close to you. Also, our offices in Charleston, Clarksburg, Elkins and Parkersburg are open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Who are the partners in the project?
WorkForce West Virginia’s partners on this project include: AARP, West Virginia Department of Education, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services, and the West Virginia Office of Technology.

Workforce West Virginia BTOP updates
Get updates on the WorkForce West Virginia BTOP grant here.