The Mattapan/ Greater Boston Technology Learning Center, Inc. also known as (Mattapan Tech) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity, established in 2009. Mattapan Tech is located on 24 Regis Rd, in a mixed commercial and residential area of Mattapan, MA. Mattapan Tech administers a variety of programs funded by Comcast Internet Essentials, the United Christians Fellowship Urban Ministries and by the generous donations of our board members, local businesses and individuals.
Our Mission: Mattapan Tech’s mission is to promote self-sufficiency and empower people through job training and career building.
Although the unemployment rate fells to 6% nationwide, the unemployment rate among the Black and Latino communities remains at 12% in the Boston’s neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Dorchester, Roslindale and Hyde Park. There are many other factors that have caused the hike of unemployment in these groups, but one of the most important factors is the lack of professional and computer skills. Many people have lost their jobs because they don’t have the computer skills required to keep the job that they have been doing for many years. Others don’t have the computer skills required to look for jobs online. In today’s technology era, many people in our community cannot compete in the job market because of lacking computer skills. The Mattapan/ Greater Boston Technology Learning Center, Inc. was established to provide solutions to these problems.
Our goals: Mattapan Tech’s goals are to continue to provide low and no cost training opportunities and job placement assistance to 1200 individuals every year; 400 students per session with each session running for 4 months.
Each training session includes classroom presentation and hands-on training in a real workplace environment. By the end of each training session, we expect our students to be qualified to take and pass their professional certification exams and have the necessary credentials and work experience to earn an entry level position in retail or in the service industry and maintain the position.
After successfully training our students, we continue to assist them with job search and job placement and monitor their job performance and social progress for at least one year.
Mattapan Tech has a reputation for its achievement in helping its students developing technical and leadership skills through a unique curriculum that focuses on real life bench work, apprenticing and challenging academic courses. We prepare our students to pass their professional certification test, to perform and lead in this changing technology world. 95% of Mattapan Tech students pass their professional certification test in Office, PC Repair and Project Management even before they complete the program.
Our diversity: Our student body is composed of young and older adults from 14 ethnic backgrounds. They come from several cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.The student population of Mattapan Tech is very diverse, it is composed of 5% Caucasian, 22% African-American, 13% Haitian, 30% other Caribbean nationals (Barbadian, Jamaican, Trinidadian, Monserratian, etc.), 8% Hispanic, 5% African (Ghana, Congo, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, etc.), 17% others (India, Pakistan, China, Vietnamese, Cambodia etc),. Most of the students reside in Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury, Randolph, Brockton, Somerville, Cambridge, Malden, Everett, Lynn and Waltham. We have a few students from other neighboring states including New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
Our programs: Mattapan Tech currently offers:
Family Support Programs
Job Training and Job Search
Our job training includes the following programs:
Small Project Management
Computer Technology and Internet for Beginners
PC Repair and CompTIA A+ Exam Preparation
Computer Network Specialist and CompTIA Network+ Exam Preparation
English as a Second Language and Computer Literacy for Job Seekers.
Besides the educational programs of Mattapan Tech, the center is involved in the following community projects:
Voter registration and education program to encourage people to get involved and participate in the US Democracy;
A free translation program for Haitian immigrants;
An Immigration Assistance Program in collaboration with local attorneys and law school students;
Community civic awareness program to inform and educate the new immigrant community about citizens rights and responsibilities;
Summer technology program for youth;
Youth program in Haiti that includes: HIV and teen pregnancy prevention programs, school lunch community libraries, computer labs and a dental program. Click here to see all of our services
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