new atcCome enjoy state of the art computers running the latest MAC and Windows OS (provided by a generous grant by the Community Foundation of Mendocino County) at ATC's new location.

THE ARENA TECH CENTER IS NOW OPEN AT NEW LOCATION(reprinted from the Lighthouse Peddler, October 2014 & Independent Coast Observer, October 2014)

As of Monday, September 22, the Arena Technology Center officially opened in its new South Coast High School location at 185 Lake Street, “uptown” Point Arena. With similar hours and the same services, the ATC staff hopes the new location will also draw more afterschool youth, as well as elderly and disabled members of the community who previously could not make it up the Huntley House stairs. However, it is important to note that due to the new school-based location no ATC patrons are allowed on the property till the Arena Tech Center opens at 3:30pm.

Thanks to a recent Community Foundation of Mendocino County grant, the ATC has all state of the art computers running the latest MAC and Windows operating systems.  Celebrating eleven years of Mac & Windows technology services to youth and the community this November, the ATC staff plans to offer more classes this winter, including basic computing, website development with WordPress, podcast recording assistance, and free third party software and multi-platform assistance.  We are also in the process of raising funds for a 3D printer.  Also, any Windows users contemplating shifting to the Windows 8 OS can take a spin on the new Windows machines; same is the case for Apple users thinking of upgrading to “Mavericks.” 

Depending upon availability and interest, Monday/Tuesday ATC instructor Blake More will offer a WordPress basics workshop. WordPress is an online web development tool, which allows people to create affordable, clean, customizable websites without HTML or expensive web design software. She is also available to help people record and podcast in the audio studio.  Email or phone the ATC from 3:30-7:30pm for more information.

Similarly, Wednesday ATC instructor Cheryl Rhodes will be offering drop-in classes, covering basic computer operation, email and Internet, and more for anybody who’d love to use a computer but doesn’t know where to start, or is overwhelmed by a project, or wants to take online college classes. Small group workshops may be scheduled for popular topics of interest. She is also available
to help people record and podcast in the audio studio.  Email or phone the ATC on Wednesdays 3:30-7:30pm for more information.

Thursday/Friday ATC instructor Brendan Mobert will be offering tech shops designed to help computer users find, use, and understand the trade-offs of free and open source programs, as compared to proprietary software. He is also available to help people adapt to the “Windows 8 environment” as well as to record and podcast in the audio studio.   Email or phone the ATC on Thursday or Friday 3:30-7:30pm for more information.

Besides offering free high-speed internet, the ATC is a local resource for online college course learning, online testing, access to the Adobe Creative Suite CS6 software, audio recording & podcasting, creative digital projects, and other computing advice and solutions.

Open to youth and adults for internet access, online learning, classes, audio recording, and creative projects, the ATC is a subsidiary of the Point Arena Schools.  ATC is open M-F, 3:30pm to 7:30pm; we are now located in the South Coast High School building in the back, 185 Lake Street, across from PAHS in “uptown” Point Arena.

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