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A new grant brings new classes to Jonesboro Hispanic Center

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A new grant is bringing a new computer class to the Hispanic Community Services, Inc. in Jonesboro.

A $60, 000 grant funded from Tech Ed Concepts out of New Hampshire is being put to good use. Dr. Charles Coleman, who is on the board for the Hispanic Center, will be the class instructor. Coleman says the software they're using is computer aided mechanical design. "This particular software actually does 3D," Coleman said. "And anything that similar software does. The difference between this software and others is that this is more intuitive. It's easier to learn because it deals actually with the gammas on the screen. This software is not just for mechanical. You can take this software and design houses or anything you want to design."

Executive Director of Hispanic Community Services, Gina Gomez, says they're thrilled to be getting the opportunity to offer this to the Hispanic community. "We are really excited because this class," Gomez said. "It will give us opportunity for a new program for the Hispanic community for the people that are willing to take advantage of it. And for people who have not had the opportunity to be educated in this area before. And we have a lot of kids that we know have not been able to enroll in college and this is a perfect opportunity if they want to further their education, if they want better opportunities to get a job."

Coleman says they're starting the class at the beginning level. "The class we'll be teaching here will be an intermediate class," Coleman stated. "Number one, it will be basic. Then we will advance it as the students learn."

Coleman believes this class is something the Hispanic community has needed for some time. "We have Hispanic children and adults that need to be grafted into the community with knowledge and skills," Coleman said. "A lot of them don't have those skills. So, to teach these skills and to do it for free is just a pleasure for me to do that."

Coleman's excited to be a part of something he hopes will put everyone on the same field advantage. "This class will mean that they will have the same skills and same rating as anyone," Coleman said. "When they walk up to be employed instead of being looked at as Hispanic, white or black it's just a person who has skills and can do a job."

Gomez says she hopes this class will grow and continue to help more. "We want to continue to expand our programs," Gomez said. "And give people the opportunity to learn something they can then apply to their jobs."

The computers for the class were loaned to the Hispanic Center from Arkansas State University's College of Nursing and Health. The class is free and available to anyone of any age that is interested. Once classes start they will be every other Saturday from 8am to 10:30am. Call the Hispanic Center or stop by to sign up.

For more information about the Hispanic Community Services Inc., you can log onto theirwebsite.

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