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New computer lab for Latino students to be unveiled today

TUCKER - A new computer lab will be unveiled today that is designed to increase access to technology for Latino students and parents. The National Association for Multiethnicity in Communications donated a small computer lab to the Gwinnett Outreach Center of the Latin American Association.

The computer lab will have four computers and a printer. It is part of NAMIC's mission to increase local communities' access to the latest educational technology and research tools. This latest effort is part of the association's larger "Digital Bridge" service project.

Latin American Association spokeswoman Mariana Pinango said the goal of the project is "to provide such an important resource for the community of that area, where students can come and become computer literate, as well as their parents, so they also help them achieve their educational goals."

Students will be able to use the computer lab in after-school programs and to do their homework. It will also be available for clients of the Latin American Association to use in conjunction with its English classes, employment and immigration services. The computer lab is designed to help students, parents and other Latino community members who don't have a computer lab at home.

The association raised funds for the project at an event held in August, which was sponsored by several local companies, including Comcast, Charter and Cox Enterprises.

The Latin American Association will be unveiling the computer lab at 3:30 p.m. today at its Gwinnett-Harmony Station Outreach Center. It is located at 1250 Old Norcross Tucker Road in Tucker. The event is open to the public.

For more information, go to www.latinamericanassoc.org or www.namic.com