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Trident Tech opens public computer center with high-speed access

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MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - Residents in rural Berkeley County can now get logged in and surf the web, all for free. Trident Technical College is offering the public computer center at the campus on Live Oak Road in Moncks Corner.

With a few key strokes and clicks of a mouse, the public can now use these computers at Berkeley County's Trident Technical College campus.

"I've got a young lady at church who tries to teach computer classes to all of us who don't know how to operate computer. I think with this here, will certainly help us tremendously," Rev. Leon Brown said.

Rev. Brown of Moncks Corner Baptist Church said he and many of the parishioners at his church don't know how to use computers, so he wanted to find out more about TTC's free computer center. School officials announced the new lab saying it will offer training, allow for job searching, and web surfing. It's available at a time when many people can't afford Internet access at their homes or can't get it because of where they live.

"Everything is going now computerized. If you don't know how to operate a computer, you're lost," Rev. Brown said.

In addition to the public computer lab at TTC's Berkeley County campus, the college also has computer centers in Hollywood and Saint George. They are all funded fully by federal stimulus funds.

"People who don't have that capability really are missing out on a lot of things, opportunities, information. You can find just about anything you're interested in on the Internet, some good, and some bad. We think this it's going to be a benefit for the community," TTC Berkeley campus dean Bob Walker said.

Congressman Jim Clyburn helped secure the grant money from the US Department of Commerce, which was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. TTC received $923,000 from the grant.

The lab is open Mondays through Saturdays. It is located in the library of TTC's Berkeley campus.

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