The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce renamed its Barelas Economic Opportunity Center’s (BEOC) computer lab as the Comcast Computer Lab on Sept. 26, honoring Comcast’s more than 15-year partnership with the Chamber and continuing commitment to empowering communities and supporting organizations that are building a better New México.
Synthia Jaramillo, director of the city’s Economic Development Department, applauded Comcast’s commitment to New México, noting that Comcast has supported the Chamber’s initiatives, classes and the computer lab for 15 years.
“Thank you for your commitment not only to Barelas, but to the city of Albuquerque. Comcast is a huge investor all over this community, all over this state,” Jaramillo said.
The investment from Comcast allows the Chamber to replace every single computer station, as well as provide additional technology pieces in the lab including a smart board and projector.
“Comcast saw an opportunity to further address the technological needs of New Mexicans while also extending our collaboration with an important partner, the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce,” said Chris Dunkeson, Comcast Area Vice President. “Both the Chamber and Comcast understand that technology is a powerful driver of innovation and economic growth — this updated and improved lab will create opportunity for countless New Mexicans.”
The importance of their partnership and community mission was reiterated by the Hispano Chamber’s chief executive.
“Comcast helps us to provide the opportunity for our community members to learn and grow, to help them to improve their skills and connect with better job outcomes,” said Ernie C’ de Baca, the Hispano Chamber’s chief executive officer. “Our shared values around supporting New México’s veterans and our under-served populations bolster this partnership as a model of collaboration to move our economy and community forward.”
“Our shared values around supporting New México’s veterans and our under-served populations bolster this partnership as a model of collaboration to move our economy and community forward.”
Ernie C’ de Baca, Hispano Chamber
The Chamber’s BEOC partners with organizations and businesses to provide necessary skills to under-employed and unemployed people. Trainings include Comcast Skill Up, which offers customized classes in Microsoft training (Word, Excel and Outlook), resume-writing and job interview assistance and customer service instruction.
The Barelas Center seeks to assist students and families who may not have computer or Internet access in their home.
“We have an emphasis on providing services for returning folks to the workforce, and Comcast’s sponsorship of our Skill Up classes make that possible. Writing, mock interviews and soft skills training are staple Skill Up classes at the center,” said Tessah Latson Garcia, the chamber’s director of the Barelas Center.
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