Project Summary: The goal of the Bath Community Computer Center is to provide local public access to computer and internet resources for the citizens of Bath in rural St. Thomas, Jamaica. The Community Computer Center will provide access to: computers, Internet, email, online learning resources, printing, and training classes in literacy, numeracy and employability skills for all citizens in the community. The computer center will be used by the school, its teachers and students, during regular school hours.  After school hours and on week-end, the computer center will be available to community members. The center will be open to all members of the community and provide a well organized, centrally located facility for low cost access to computer technology and internet.

Project Location:  The Community Computer Center is located at Bath Primary & Junior High School.  

Management of the Project:  The Community Computer Center is a partnership between Bath Primary & Junior High School and the community.  The Bath Community Computer Center Management Committee was formed for the purpose of establishing, developing, managing and sustaining a Community Computer Center.  In order for the management of the center to be responsive and open to the needs of all of the community, the Management Committee consists of representatives of active community organizations, working in partnership with Bath Primary & Junior High School administration. It is the charge of this committee to insure that the policies of the center and its day-to-day management meet the needs and standards of the school, the community and any contributing funding organizations. It is also charged with forthright management and accountability of all funds, equipment and personnel for the purpose of ensuring the sustainability of the center and low cost computer access and services for the community.  

Project Funding:  The committee submitted a proposal and received approval for funding of equipment and furnishings to be installed at the existing computer room at the school. The proposal was submitted on 31 October, 2013 to the Universal Service Fund Co. Ltd in Kingston, Jamaica. It was approved in Janruary, 2014. Initial supplies and other startup expenses are be the responsibly of the Management Committee.

Scope of the Project:  The installation of the center consists of 21 computers and a server, all furniture, electrical and network wiring, two AC units, a digital projector with screen and high speed internet.

Project Timeline:  The projected timeline for the project:
  • October 2013 - Form Management Committee - Submit Application and Proposal to USF
  • November 2013 - Formalize Management Committee mission, operating guidelines and draft initial operating policies
  • December 2013 - Draft a business plan for the operation of the Community Computer Center, receive a site visit from the USF to inspect the facility
  • January 2014 - Receive news on application and proposal - take action on the decision of the USF.  Send out Requests for Bids on Equipment or resubmit proposal. Outline training requirements for persons to work in the computer center.
  • March to May 2014 - Install equipment and prepare Computer Center hardware, networking and software. Install high speed internet connection from Dekal. Complete fund raising activities to generate cash for start-up expenditures.  Call for applications for Volunteer Center Managers.
  • May 2014 - Interview and select initial persons for Volunteers Center Managers.  Provide training sessions for the Managers.  
  • June 2014 - Open the center to the public evenings and week-ends. Schedule an OfficialOpening Ceremony for the Computer Center.  Watch for a date for this event.

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    The Bath Primary and Junior High School roof has been fixed.Thanks to our Region 2 Building Officer and other persons who saw to it being done.The roof has been leaking badly for more than eight years.
    Posted Aug 27, 2017, 6:10 PM by Earline Thomas
  • Back to School - Computer Cafe Hours Change
    Monday, 1 September 2014 - Now that school has started again, the hours of the Computer Cafe will shift to 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Monday through Saturday.  For now, the cafe will close on Sundays.  During the school day, the computer center will be used by students, so please come to use computers only during the cafe hours to minimize the disruption to students and staff.
    Posted Sep 4, 2014, 12:24 PM by John Granger
  • Computer Centre Shifts to Summer Hours

    Monday, 7 July 2014 - New Summer Hours - Open Monday to Friday 1:00 to 5:00 PM - Closed Weekends

    Now that school is out, the computer centre has moved to a summer schedule.  During July and August, the centre will be open Monday through Friday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. During these times, the Centre will be staffed by our friendly and helpful volunteer Managers and the community can use the centre for computer and internet access and printing services.  The Centre will be closed on weekends and holidays during the summer.  Please check our calendar for daily status and for changes in hours that will come in September.
    Posted Jul 6, 2014, 8:11 AM by John Granger
  • 2 June 2014 - Open to the Public from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Monday, 2 June 2014 will be the first day that the center will be open to the public.  The center will open at 3:00 PM and provide computers and internet to the public until 7:00 PM.  This schedule will continue during the month of June Monday through Sunday.  The center will be administered by volunteer managers during these hours.  In addition to computer and internet, there will be some basic printing services also available.
    Posted Jun 2, 2014, 6:26 AM by John Granger
  • May 15 2014 - Final Equipment Installed
    The installation of a projector and screen completes the initial set-up of the Computer Center.  Technicians from Tred Labs delivered and installed a digital projector and screen.  With this installation, the computer is complete.  The center has 20 HP desktop workstations, a Manager's station with a server and two printers: a  black and white laser printer and a color laser printer with scanners that will provide print services for the center.  Each workstation is running Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2013 and has high speed internet access.
    Posted May 25, 2014, 5:56 AM by John Granger
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