SPNN receives $1.4 million for digital literacy
Though best known as the local cable access TV network, the St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) has received a $1.4 million federal grant to help expand computer literacy training in St. Paul and Minneapolis.
“The worlds of television and the internet in our society are not just colliding, they are becoming one,” says Mike Wassenaar, SPNN’s executive director.
SPNN, in effect, will administer the money for AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Project. The money will be spent on the stipends that 30 local AmeriCorps volunteers will receive to conduct literacy training at local libraries, workforce and community centers, and youth agencies over the next three years.
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