The City of Bellevue Parks & Recreation Board
Komputer Enthusiasts of Greater Seattle
For their contributions to the community through their
continued support of the Computer Training Lab at the North Bellevue Community
The presentation is scheduled for October 10, 2006 at the
monthly meeting of the Bellevue Parks & Recreation Board in the Council
Conference Room (1E-113) at the City of Bellevue's City Hall - 450 110th
Ave NE, Bellevue WA, 98004. (The entrance to visitors parking is on 110th
Ave., just north of NE 4th St.)
Following is the handout prepared by the administration at
the North Bellevue Community Center that will be given to the Board -
North Bellevue Community/Senior
Computer Lab Fact Sheet
- The modern Computer
Lab began in 1999 with a donation of 16 computers from the City of
Bellevue. With that as a starting point; KEGS negotiated donations from
eight major hardware vendors, four major software vendors, monetary
contributions from local business, as well as contributions of equipment and
labor of their members. The initial value of the equipment, software and
labor to set up the Lab was $95,000.
- The partnership with
Komputer Enthusiasts of Greater Seattle (KEGS) was formed at this time, with
the first project being the significant task of design, installation and
setup of the Computer Lab. KEGS installed and networked the computers,
solicited donations of software, hardware, cabling, and furniture, installed
a server and assumed ongoing maintenance of the Lab.
- Microsoft Corporation
has been a major contributor and has given continued support of the lab.
Beginning with the initial 17 licenses for Office 97 and Small Business
Server 2.0 and through three major upgrades to our current software of
Windows XP, Microsoft XP Professional, Works Suite, and Small Business
Server 2003, Microsoft has worked with KEGS to provide the Lab with software
upgrades at every request. The value of the software updates donated
through Microsoft since the lab was initially put into service is
- In 2002, a major
hardware upgrade was funded by the North Bellevue Senior Advisory Board.
This upgrade included larger hard drives and additional memory for each
computer and Deep Freeze security software. All labor to install these
components and software was provided by KEGS volunteers.
- This on-going
partnership benefits the City, KEGS, and the community in many ways. In
exchange for meeting space 2 evenings each week, KEGS volunteers maintain
the Computer Lab, fix problems as they arise, upgrade equipment and solicit
donations of hardware and software.
- The most recent lab
upgrade is the addition of high-speed internet service via cable modem,
allowing the Lab to offer a variety of courses on safely navigating the
internet, e-mail, search engines, etc.. Equipment is in place to add wi-fi
access for the facility which will allow people to bring their laptops to
the Center and access the internet from the Coffee Bar and the Banquet Room,
and depending on signal strength, the rest of the building as well. Wi-fi
is a frequent request of potential renters and partner agencies.
- Over 600 individuals
have taken a course in the Computer Lab. When the lab first opened, classes
filled to 14 students and had waiting lists. Offerings were the very basics
such as “Introduction to Windows” and “Introduction to Word”. Over time,
courses changed to meet the needs of students to became smaller, more
specialized courses such as: “Using Digital Cameras”, “Photo Editing”, and
“Scanning”. “One-On-One” help has been another popular addition, with
nearly every available slot filling each quarter. The newest course
offerings in the Computer Lab include, “Burning CD’s”, “Many Faces of
Google”, and “Internet Safety”.