Chronicle of Select Milestones
2020-Digital Equity Coalition
- Implemented the Hotline for Internet Information (HII) initiative, a call-line service designed to provide high-touch, digital navigation assistance via phone and / or video-based platforms
- Member of the Greater Cleveland Digital Equity Coalition (Wanda Davis is the chair of the Seniors' Committee)
- Created the first ASC3 Virtual and Drive-thru Graduation Ceremony, held on June 25th
- Developed the Digital Aviator Project (DAP), a virtual training and hot spot lending initiative
- Hosted and participated in outreach events for the 2020 U.S. Census and voting registration and preparation
- Assisted community members in applying for and managing unemployment benefits (before and during the COVID-19 pandemic)
2019-Cleveland Digital Ambassadors
- Received its first funding grant to assist with staffing, etc. from The Cleveland Foundation.
- Convened a group of digital inclusion leaders and advocates that resulted in a commitment by Cuyahoga County to allocate significant resources towards digital inclusion efforts.
- Received 50 refurbished laptops for upgrades & distribution; Spectrum Digital Ed grant.
- Conducted an Internet usage survey of Glenville community and published report, CYC.
- Implemented the P.E.P.-Up Tuesdays 6-week summer health & wellness program – Promote Awareness. Educate on Fundamentals. Prevent Abuse & Overdose. Free line dance exercise, healthy lunch, wellness chats & health screenings, CSU CRI-Area Health Ed. Center.
- Goes Hollywood! ASC3 was selected by Warner Brother’s / Red Zone productions as a site for flming scenes in a movie that will depict the life of Black Panther, Fred Hampton.
2018- NDIA Conference, Cleveland, NorthStar Assessment Program
- Added several city-wide digital literacy training locations to a total of 14+ sites
- Increased the number of broadband adopters
- Helped host the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) Conference in Cleveland
- Now using the NorthStar Assessment program to help track student progress
2017- Celebrating 15 years of service
- Super Tech Mobile Gadget Days now held four times a year to help people understand how to use their technology devices.
- Partnered with Connected Insights, A call center provides unique research services. ASC3 digital inclusion training participants are recruited to the call center and benefit by further training.
2016 - Low Cost Internet Service - We Fought and Won
- Re-established the partnership with Mobile Citizen/Sprint low cost internet service. ASC3 has so far reconnected 300 + individuals with a $10.00 per month service. (2/1 -3/12 2016).
2015 - Connect-2-Lead, CYC2.0, NDIA, Helen S. Brown
- Held 1st "Connect2Lead" class @ASC3, (a class for developing volunteer community leaders).
- Collaborated with Bill Callahan CYC2.0 program, Adam Perzynski Metrohealth Clinic, in establishing the first MyChart pilot program in Greater Cleveland.
- ASC3 also joined the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA ) for advocacy of low cost internet service and digital literacy training for all under-served populations.
- Re-established a satellite learning center with Helen S. Brown
2014 - Ashbury Expansion Project
- The Ashbury Expansion Project established new west side training site in partnership with CYC2.0 program.
- Assisted Bill Callahan, CYC 2.0 in establishing the local Coalition for Broadband Equity for advocacy of low cost internet service and digital literacy training for under-served populations.
2013 - Low Cost Internet Service Provision
- Establish partnership with Mobile Citizen Internet Service to provide low cost internet service to program participants and greater Cleveland residents in low to moderate income brackets.
2012 Impact of TEN Years of Continued Growth
- ASC³Senior & Youth Programs: Trained 2,000+ individuals, & assisted 1,800+ individuals with owning their own refurbished computer.
- Hosted youth programming and ASC³ back to school Block Party events, reaching 500+ youth annually since 2009.
- CYC Project: ASC³ exceeded CYC goal with 1200+ already trained, with 4 months remaining. Created collaborations and partnerships with over 35 different agencies and organizations.
- AND NOW...Hosting our own 10th Annual Graduation Ceremony.
2011 National Visibility
- Participated in hosting 1st National Community Broadband Adoption Impact and Sustainability Conference (CBAIS) held in downtown Cleveland. ASC3 Director, Wanda Davis was Mistress of Ceremony for the event. Twenty four states, Washington D.C., and Taiwan were represented.
- Thanks to Councilman Conwell, Ward 9 , ASC3's frontage was renovated, with new lighting, painting and signage.
2010 National Impact
- Named partner in 2-year National Broadband "Connect Your Community" project with OneCommunity, Cleveland Housing Network, Famicos, Cuyahoga Community College, Esperanza, Fairfax, and 4 other states.
- Goal to reach 26,000 households in the usage of broadband technology.
2009 National Platform
- ASC³ hosted President Barack Obama's Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, Ohio State Asst. Attorney General, Lee Fischer & other national high-ranking political officials for the announcement of the president's Broadband Stimulus Plan. A national plan to address broadband disparities in underserved neighborhoods.
- Collaborated with 6 local agencies to be part of a national proposal (the above announcement) submitted to the US Department of Commerce to address broadband technology training.
2008 Sharing Out
- ASC3 became a "wireless hotspot" sharing out free internet services to the community with assistance from CWRU and OneCommunity.
2007 Online Education
- Collaborated with the Ohio State University Extension program in the E-4-Me program to introduce online learning techniques to participants, 150 participants.
- Received the Community Service Award from Eta Phi Beta Sorority at their 25th annual awards banquet.
- Collaborated with CWRU to participate in the 1st CASE For Community Day, a day of service to the community by CWRU staff and students.
2005 Meeting community's needs
- Renovation of adjacent store front for expansion of new lab.
- New equipment included 17 new PC's with monitors and accessories.
- Recipient of a City of Cleveland Empowerment Zone Grant to address "Digital Literacy"
- the Computer Learning In My Backyard (CLIMB) Program.
- Implemented the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) curriculum.
- Participated in the 1st Connected Community CASE Mesh Collaboration with CWRU.
2004 Giving Back
- Received first computer workstation upgrade with an additional 500 computers donated from Sky Bank to begin ASC3 Computer Ownership Program.
- ASC3 Alumni and ASC3 Youth Empowered by Seniors (Y.E.S.) groups formed.
- 1st Annual graduation, 130 students.
- Applied for and received 1st CDBG City of Cleveland Grant, Cleveland Foundation Adelphia/Time Warner grant, and United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland Grant.
- Completed 1st full year of training.
- Expanded schedule and added 5 more classes to program.
2002 The Beginning!
- Incorporation/organization of Ashbury Senior Computer Community Center (ASC3).
- Established Board of Directors and incorporated as a 501c3 non-Profit organization.
- Formed 1st community partnership with Dr. Chisholm, CWRU.
- Received first donations from business peers and friends to set up 10 workstations and educational curriculum in Senior Lab.
- First classes began October 1, 2002 and Recognition Ceremony, December 2002, approximately 30 students.