In 2010, the Future Generations Graduate School launched the West Virginia Broadband Opportunities Program to make computers and the internet more accessible and useful to West Virginia's families. This program partners with one of the state’s strongest volunteer networks--local fire departments.
With support from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, over three years, this program has set up 60 public computer labs in the community centers of local fire departments.
A computer mentor selected by each fire department offers basic computer classes. Other training partners, including the Monongahela National Forest, Mission WV, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, West Virginia Library Association, and the WV Partnership of African American Churches, offer additional classes to make broadband more useful for families.
Future Generations Graduate School is based in Pendleton County, West Virginia, offering a Master’s Degree designed for community leaders worldwide. The Graduate School is an outgrowth of Future Generations, an organization based in West Virginia since 1992, specializing in community-led development. More details are available at: www.future.org and www.future.edu.
The Future Generations Graduate School, a 501(c)3 non-profit institution of higher education, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (www.ncahlc.org, ph: 800-621-7440).