The debut of the Fairpoint Communications/Northeast Kingdom Learning Services (NEKLS) Computer Lab took place during the 22nd annual Canaan Moose Festival Aug. 24. This lab is the first mobile GED testing lab in the nation. The mobile lab is also able to offer affordable computer skills training on site at Northeast Kingdom businesses, and supports the efforts of the Vermont Department of Labor, Vocational Rehabilitation, Creative Workforce Solutions, partnering tech centers, and other NEK providers.
Kenn Stransky, center manager for the Canaan Community Education Center, welcomed those that gathered in front of the center and introduced Michelle Tarryk, executive director of NEKLS. Tarryk expressed her gratitude to Fairpoint Communications who donated the entire set up of six laptops and accessories for this mobile lab. She went on to thank Northpoint Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for the donation of a van to make this lab truly mobile. She said this lab would allow NEKLS to expand partnerships and better serve the Kingdom. The mobile lab has already helped many including students in Groton and a unique teaching opportunity at Fairbanks Scales in St. Johnsbury.
Charlie Gallant, representing Northpoint, and Christine Rivers from Fairpoint Communications, both expressed happiness that their companies could do something to help in our communities.
For more information about Northeast Kingdom Learning Services and the brand new mobile lab, or to make a donation visit www.neklsvt.org. The donor companies are also available online at www.northpointvt.com and www.FairPoint.com.