Charter Communications Joins with Chhaya CDC to Open Spectrum Learning Lab in Jackson Heights
Charter Communications Joins with Chhaya CDC to Open
Spectrum Learning Lab in Jackson Heights
NEW YORK CITY – March 1, 2017 – Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) today joined with Chhaya Community Development Corporation (CDC), a community development non-profit organization, to open a Spectrum Learning Lab in Jackson Heights, Queens. Chhaya and Charter leaders, along with state and local elected officials, celebrated the opening of the learning lab today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that will mark the official opening of the lab to the community.
The Spectrum Learning Lab at Chhaya will be a key asset for the community in Jackson Heights. It will provide access to technology, with special focus on computer skills training, career-building workshops, and language and financial education workshops. The lab will enhance the direct services Chhaya provides in the areas of free tax preparation, immigration assistance and public benefits enrollment. Charter’s commitment to the Chhaya Learning Lab includes Spectrum Internet™ and TV services, computer equipment and software, flat-screen HDTVs and other furnishings.
“Charter is proud to partner with Chhaya to help teach skills and digital know-how to community members in Jackson Heights,” said Camille Joseph, Charter Vice President of State Government Affairs, Northeast. “Through Spectrum Learning Labs like this one, we are providing residents with access to state-of-the-art broadband technologies and the tools they’ll need to succeed in today’s rapidly changing world.”
“The Spectrum Learning Lab could not have come at a more opportune time here at Chhaya, since many of our communities’ resources, such as the public libraries, are already beyond capacity to meet the demands for such services. What is unique about the lab is that it ties well with our already existing direct service programs that will truly aid in providing a multi-functional learning space for our community members,” said Annetta Seecharran, Executive Director, Chhaya CDC.
“I welcome Chhaya CDC’s new learning lab into the Jackson Heights community,” said New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights, Elmhurst). “Many families cannot take advantage of the latest available technology due to financial constraints and unfamiliarity with computers. This state-of-the-art computer lab will tear down these barriers by providing thousands of residents free computer and internet access.
“The lab will also allow Chhaya to offer job, computer literacy and other trainings to the community. I thank Charter for this generous donation. Thanks to this learning lab, many of my constituents will now be equipped with the knowledge they need to succeed on the job and in the classroom.”
“Immigrants are a key driver in making New York’s economy stronger than ever, contributing in all its sectors — including in health care, technology and the taxicab industry,” said Commissioner Nisha Agarwal of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. “The Spectrum Learning Lab at Chhaya will strengthen Jackson Heights’ vibrant immigrant community by increasing access to technology and career skills training.”
Spectrum Learning Labs help residents build computer, internet and other communications skills in communities across New York City. The company plans to have 40 such Learning Labs at partner non-profit organizations in the City by 2020
Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) is a leading broadband communications company and the second largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services, including Spectrum TV™ video entertainment programming, Spectrum Internet™ access, and Spectrum Voice™. Spectrum Business® similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, business telephone, video and music entertainment services, and wireless backhaul. Charter’s advertising sales and production services are sold under the Spectrum Reach™ brand. Charter’s news and sports networks are operated under the Spectrum Networks brand. More information about Charter can be found at charter.com.
About Chhaya CDC
Founded in 2000, Chhaya CDC is a community-based organization that works with New Yorkers of South Asian origin, to advocate for and build economically stable, sustainable, and thriving communities. Chhaya provides direct services in the areas of housing preservation, asset building, advocacy and community organizing, and neighborhood planning to over 2,500 individuals each year. We connect with thousands of additional community members through outreach, community events, and workshops. Our center is located in Jackson Heights, Queens, home to one of the city’s largest South Asian communities. Chhaya’s full-time staff of 13 speaks seven languages to serve our target population: Bangla, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Nepali, Arabic, and Spanish. More information about Chhaya and the opening hours of the computer lab can be found at chhayacdc.org.
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