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Expanding computer skills training in Lansing

(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)
Students attending a class at ITEC's new headquarters in Lansing's Foster community center

 A Lansing-based non-profit that works to improve the computer skills of teens and  young adults is getting a new home.  Local dignitaries were on hand to cut the ribbon officially opening ITEC’s new headquarters on Lansing’s eastside. 

ITEC stands for Information Technology Empowerment Center.  ITEC  works with Michigan State University and local I-T firms to provide instruction that will help young people hone their skills.  

Kirk Riley is ITEC’s director.  He says the center is providing a place for young people to learn the computer skills they will need to find a job.  

 “If you don’t know how to use computers, even basic use of computers, then you’re not going to find a job…virtually every job requires those skills," says Riley.   

More than 800 teens and young adults have received training at ITEC during the past four years.   The center has also expanded to Detroit and Flint. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.