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
- 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.