AC4 Develops to Serve Christian Computer Centers

( [email protected] ) May 14, 2004 08:04 AM EDT

The Association of Christian Community Computer Centers (AC4) is growing into a large network of hundreds of Christian computer centers across the country. The organization provides its members with useful computer center resources, training through conferences and workshops, offers grants.

A Christian community computer center is any ministry using computer as an outreach to serve the community and to bridge the gap between people with computer access and skills and those who do not. The ministries are addressing this “Digital Divide” by offering a variety of programs and services such as classes, job training and placement, after school programs, church computer ministry support, and provision of low cost computers.

Launched in 2000 as a program of the Boston-based ministry TechMission, AC4 was established to support the computer centers in their effort to provide access, skills and relationships needed to succeed in the information age. Over 500 computer centers have joined the association across the country with many more developing internationally. The organization has held regional and national conferences in the US as well as in the UK.

The upcoming west cost regional conference to be held on June 5, in Los Angeles will hold workshops and discussions and will give computer center leaders a chance to network.

Three tracks will be available for computer center leaders, youth ministers, and one specifically for basic accounting, banking, and reporting operations training.

The association provides computer center development from the ground up. Extensive curricula and lesson plans for computer classes are available to AC4 members. Through a collaboration with the Beaumont Foundation, members can also apply for a grant that provides new computer to computer centers.

TechMission is a non-denominational, non-profit Christian social service organization. The ministry’s key focus is outreach, which includes serving everyone regardless of their religious beliefs

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