City of Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles Computer Access Network

The Los Angeles Computer Access Network project proposes to expand and upgrade 188 public computer centers at libraries, workforce centers, parks, and youth and family centers in low-income and non-English- speaking communities in the city of Los Angeles. The city expects to purchase 2,741 new computers, including 2,609 workstations and 132 laptops. The majority of the 188 proposed centers will be located in or within three miles of federal and state designated “Enterprise Zones.”

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BTOP In Action
Lincoln Heights instructor Mario Martinez provides assistance to a young student

A BTOP Grant helped the City of Los Angeles tackle the digital divide in its most at-risk neighborhoods. Through the Los Angeles Computer Access Network (LA CAN) project, the City’s Community Development Department, Department of Parks and Recreation and various libraries developed and upgraded more than 180 public computer center sites throughout Los Angeles. As part of the $7.5 million grant, the City purchased more than 3,400 new computers, in some cases, replacing those that were seven to 10 years old.

Through LA CAN, the city worked to increase digital literacy in the most at-risk neighborhoods.

LA CAN opened new centers in areas with the highest levels of poverty and unemployment for maximum community impact. LA CAN provided more than 41,000 hours of computer skills instruction, Internet access for research, and job placement assistance to approximately 13,700 residents.

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