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Project Connect

Purpose and Goals

Project Connect provides basic computers and information literacy to people in the Grand Rapids area by offering low-cost technology training classes and computers for all participants. The training classes cover the basic administration and use of personal computers. The computers are used but good machines with basic hardware and software.

We are currently collaborating with CompRenew Academy. Over the years, we have collaborated with a number of other organizations, including: Burton Heights Ministries, Restorers Inc., Korean Grace Church, Garfield Park Neighborhood Association, GT Network, Centrepointe Church, Oakdale Neighbors, Noaber Foundation, and Calvin College (including the Alumni Association, Calvin @ Burton Heights, and the Calvin research fellowship program).

The classes are taught by faculty, staff and students from the Calvin College Computer Science program in collaboration with our community partners. If you’d like to get involved, check out the following project prospectus.

The Course Content and the Computers

The content of the course depends somewhat on the interests of the students, but can include any of the following:

  • Basic Administration – Basic computer setup and administration, including the use of the internet, email and world-wide-web
  • CompRenew Academy – A 6-8 week course on basic computer administration and programming

The software environment is typically based on either Microsoft Office or Open Office.

The computers provided in the introductory course are used, but functional machines that include basic hardware, but usually not modems, flash drives or printers. They have valid licenses for Microsoft Windows and any other systems software appropriate for the course, but usually not Microsoft Office. We typically can, however, find these additional hardware/software items at low cost.


The next offerings of the course will be in Summer, 2008, at CompRenew Academy. For more information, please contact the Department of Computer Science (email: connect <AT> calvin <DOT> edu, phone: 616-526-7163).