With the intention of helping youngsters find jobs and adults finish their high school education, a new computer center opened this week at Dana Strand Village, a public housing project in Wilmington.
The center, with seven computers and two printers, is one of eight such centers opened by the city Housing Authority at various projects throughout Los Angeles.
Dana Strand Village's 1,350 residents can use the computers or attend training programs in such areas as General Educational Development (GED) test preparation, office skills training and English as a second language.
The first public housing computer center opened last year at the San Fernando Gardens housing project in Pacoima.
Others opened later at the William Mead Homes near Chinatown, Pico Aliso Village in Boyle Heights, Mar Vista Gardens in Mar Vista and Nickerson Gardens, Imperial Courts and Jordan Downs in South-Central Los Angeles.
"The centers will provide lasting educational and employment skills for our residents," said center administrator Ronnie Foster.
"Future Internet connections will make exploring new worlds of information possible as never before."
The computer centers were built with $458,000 in funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.