A public housing complex in Pacoima will be the first in Los Angeles outfitted with a computer learning center that city officials hope will develop job skills and literacy.
San Fernando Gardens, a 448-unit apartment development owned and operated by the Housing Authority of the city of Los Angeles, will dedicate its new computer center Thursday. The center boasts six new personal computers equipped with high-speed processors and CD-ROM drives, all hooked to a laser printer.
It is the first of seven such computer centers installed at city-owned housing developments, said Jack Ma, computer center coordinator at San Fernando Gardens. The centers are part of the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's "Campus of Learners" initiative launched last year to introduce education and job-training programs to public housing developments.
The computers have been loaded with a variety of software designed to aid some of the 1,900 residents at the housing complex, including job-search assistance, English language education programs and programs to help residents complete their high school equivalency degrees.