DETROIT – The Hannan Center for Senior Learning’s Community Computer Center (CCC) is one of 13 labs created by the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition (DDJC) with support from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).
“We wanted to start by mainly serving some of the patrons of the center who come for other purposes” said Rachel Jacobson of Hannan House. “For example, members of the Hannaan Center for Senior Learning who might be in a writing class, a poetry class or a spoken word class can use the lab to help disseminate the creative works of the seniors here at Hanaan house.”
Hannan’s CCC is a membership-based public computer center. Membership is free, but patrons need to apply at the front reception desk. Though the CCC is open to all, it specifically promotes computer literacy for adults and older adults. Adults 40 and over are encouraged to become members while guest memberships are also available for adults ages 18-39 when accompanied by a member.
The CCC is staffed by senior volunteers or “mentors” in addition to Hanan House interns. CCC mentors and interns were trained by Operation ABLE, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation.
The CCC is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. During each day, there is at least one mentor available to help members and guests for two-hour shifts.
The Hannan CCC is equipped with a total of nine personal computers running off the Windows Operating Systems and loaded with the Microsoft Office 2010 Suite of software. One computer will be equipped with the JAWS software and a reading lens for patrons who are visually impaired.
Operation ABLE, the AARP, NPSERV and the Hannan Foundation collaborate together to over see the daily operations of the CCC.