Public Computer Center Partner
Mission Milby Community Development Center
2220 Broadway St
Houston, TX 77012
Abramson Center for the Future of Health
TFA, together with Austin Free-Net, created the Texas Connects Coalition, a collaborative effort to bring broadband technology opportunities to Texas. For more information about Austin Free-Net, click here.
Baylor College of Medicine
City of Houston
TXC2 and Connected Texas have partnered to offer affordable technology to those learning in our public computer centers. The Mobile Citizen Program offers Dell computers and Internet service for at an affordable price. The price depends on the model, ranging from $119 for desktops to $229 for premium laptops. Each model is backed by a 90-day warranty. The Mobile Citizen Program also offers broadband service for $10 a month plus a WiFi-enabled desk modem for a one-time payment of $95 (new) or $50 (like new). Mobile Citizen’s wireless Internet service is currently offered through Clearwire’s CLEAR 4G technology. (To check availability near you, go to www.clear.com/coverage.)
The Technology Infrastructure Committee at the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP) is a collaborative project of several organizations to build strategic economic prosperity in Houston. For more information about GHP and the program, click here.
Numerous community technology centers across the city of Houston are able to take advantage of various outreach services provided by the Houston Community College System (HCCS). Classes provided for CTCs and their clients by HCCS include GED, English as a Second Language and other relevant services. In many cases these classes are provided at the CTCs through HCCS funds or corporate and community contributions. For more information, click here.
Technology For All has a supportive relationship with the Houston Independent School District (HISD) that includes: 1) collaborative grant proposals in support of common goals; 2) corporate computer donation programs; and 3) programs for HISD students that allow them to “learn and earn” computers while engaged in project-based learning activities with TFA. For more information about HISD, click here.
One Star Foundation
TFA has worked with Rice University over the years on several fronts. The most significant current project is the TFA-Wireless project in the Pecan Park neighborhood around TFA’s Houston office. The wireless network is free, secure, and also hosted the first residential use of “Super WiFi”, a long-range wireless network that can reach farther without losing signal strength to barriers like buildings and trees. The lead scientist on the project is Dr. Ed Knightly, Rice professor in charge of the TAPS project and the NSF 100 x 100 project.
In 2012, ESRI provided TFA through the Texas Connects Coalition Project with Geographic Information System technology. The GIS software was distributed to rural schools and 4-H entities throughout the service area, in conjunction with our BTOP grant. Currently, TFA worked on a pilot project with the Smithville Independent School District (SISD) where students mapped the damage of the Bastrop wildfires and its effects on the community’s agriculture, ranching and population.
Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
Technology For All led the Texas Connects Coalition which was a recipient of a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant. BTOP grants are funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. TFA received $9.6 million to produce and support public computer centers in under-resourced rural and urban areas of Texas through 2013. It is the second largest grant in the public computer center category. For a map of all Texas Connects Coalition sites, click here.
Through a relationship developed with the University of Houston College of Technology students are engaged in projects that will enhance the efforts of TFA-Houston to serve the community. The students work with nonprofits using technology to solve community problems. For more information, click here.
YMCA – Cossaboom and M.D. Anderson locations
*This is the list of partners we have at time of posting. The list will be updated regularly.