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"Neighborhood Access" to the Net

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Chavis Heights community center has a computer study program.
RALEIGH — For many residents of Raleigh's ChavisHeights, computers and the Internet are luxuries they couldn't afford orhave easy access to -- until the "Neighborhood Access" program came along.

The program, which started three months ago, provides a room in thecommunity center with several computers, a knowledgeable teacher and alink to the World Wide Web.

The future is looking far more technological for 11-year-old AishaBolton, who says she knows that computer skills will be needed when sheeventually hits the job market. This opportunity, she says, will let her have a head start on understanding computers and knowing how to use them.

Program participant Marcus McClain says he is glad the program isavailable, especially right in the heart of the Chavis Heights community.

While it may be fun to learn how to hit the right keys and type one's way onto the Internet, "Neighborhood Access" is not aimed atplay. It encourages people to drop by and hone skills that can land thema better job. To attract kids, the door is open after school, on holidaysand teacher workdays.

Teacher Bernadette McAllister says she is glad she can share herknowledge with Aisha and the other students, and she is hopeful they willpass what they have learned to others.

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