Campus: CSU Long Beach -- April 09, 2003
Cal State Long Beach College of Business Administration
Receives $100,000 Grant from Verizon Foundation
Verizon Foundation has awarded $100,000 to the College of Business Administration
(CBA) at California State University, Long Beach to establish a Community
Information Clubhouse in the Long Beach area in 2003-04.
The grant will enable the college to work with unemployed or underemployed
local residents who have basic computer literacy skills but need more
instruction in such things as the Internet in order to understand the
information that is available and apply that knowledge to benefit economically.
“We appreciate everything that Verizon has done for Cal State
Long Beach,” said CSULB President Robert C. Maxson. “This
funding will enable the college’s Information Systems Department
to utilize its resources for the betterment of the community, especially
those living in our inner city.”
The project targets approximately 4,400 individuals, who will work in
a classroom environment with CSULB faculty and student assistants at
20 computer workstations. Participants will complete a minimum of 45
hours in the program, some of it working together on team projects.
“Our partnership with the Center for Information Strategies and
Technologies and the Community Information Clubhouse is exemplary of
how business and education can make a difference,” commented Tim
McCallion, president of Verizon’s Pacific Region. “This
partnership brings technology and technology awareness to those who
might not have the chance to receive it. Without a basic knowledge of
technology, not many employment doors can be opened.”
The City of Long Beach will assist in finding a location for the clubhouse
and its Office of Economic Development will help to identify participants
for the program.
“Computers, software and the Internet do not, by themselves, lead
to community economic development but rather the engaging of those users
to navigate the sea of information in order to customize it for their
own purposes,” said H. Michael Chung, professor of information
systems and director of the clubhouse as well as the college’s
Center for Information Strategies and Technologies.
Expanding on the project, CBA Dean Luis Calingo noted that persons with
“entrepreneurial tendencies could do research on the Internet
about business opportunities and get ideas for making a business plan.”
The Verizon Foundation supports a variety of programs that focus on
improving basic and computer literacy, bridging the digital divide,
enriching communities through technology and creating a skilled work
force. The foundation promotes partnerships in technology with organizations
serving the needs of diverse communities, people with disabilities,
and the economically and socially disadvantaged. For more information
on the foundation, visit www.verizon.com/foundation.
Media contacts: Rick Gloady, 562/985-5454
Shayne Schroeder, 562/985-1727