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It’s a very exciting time at the Empowerment Center, as we’ve just finished deploying an on-site computer lab for the benefit of program participants who might not have regular access to online resources. The lab consists entirely of refurbished PC’s running a low-power, user-friendly distribution of Linux, and we’re very proud of it! Already people have begun making use of it for online research and education, to polish résumés and submit job applications, to reach out to family and friends, and (of course) to play some games.

The lab demonstrates the Empowerment Center’s commitment to sustainable technology use as we go to great pains to repurpose previously-discarded equipment, thus keeping it out of landfills! As a highly-resourceful Starfleet engineer once sagely propounded, “Just because something’s old, doesn’t mean you throw it away.”