Center for Public Computing and Workforce Development


Center for Public Computing and Workforce Development
Center for Public Computing and Workforce Development


The FAMU Center for Public Computing and Workforce Development (CPCWD) is a project that focuses on the development of resources, programs and services to provide citizens of the United States access and education that assist their efforts to improve and advance their readiness and capacity to:

  • Participate in endeavors that elevate their contribution to the development of the country’s workforce
  • Strengthen the competitiveness of the nation in undertakings that rely on computing resources and high-speed internet applications.

Started with funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the project is designed to meet the purpose and goals of the Public Computer Center program of the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the United States Department of Commerce. CPCWD through training programs available to the public and a reservoir of broadband technology resources for public use operates in concert with other agencies that strive to increase the pool of certified twenty-first century skill holders toward the goal of attaining a globally competitive workforce for the country.

In addition to providing public access to broadband computers and video conference services the center targets those individuals who are unemployed or under-employed. Special attention is also given to minorities, women, veterans and youth in need of knowledge and skills to make them attractive and valuable to employers. Such attention includes the delivery of instruction and training to give knowledge and develop skills for increasing the preparedness for entry and successful navigation of educational programs by those within the groups. Committed to serving as a resource for small businesses growth and development, CPCWD offers workforce development training.

Providing instructor-led training to individuals and groups that are located significant distance from our training rooms is a feature that distinguishes the training services of the CPCWD. The virtual classroom participation of remote students enrolled in a training class is as if they are seated in the classroom. The remote student see and hear: the instructor; students physically situated in the CPCWD classroom; and, other virtual remote students. Activity between a remote participant during classroom presentations and discussion includes question and answer privileges in real time. The instructor and CPCWD students within the classroom likewise can view and converse with the remote student in a High Definition TelePresence session.

CPCWD also uses digital video capture to record the classroom activity. The capture includes presentation, content and discussion in the manner in which such has transpired. The recorded classroom sessions are made available to the students after the training session ends. The access to recorded sessions are via the CPCWD classroom capture system archives and made available to the student upon demand by their clicking on a web link that provides access to a the video of the recorded session. Given the functionality associated with video streaming (user control of: start; stop; instant go back; and, advance) the review and practice of the lessons and assignments is available, accessible and is of utmost support to the student.