Description: A decade + old program, is the Excellence Without Excuse (E-WE) Community Computer Arts Lab & Learning Center. E-WE Lab opened in February 1997. It is a safe and convenient location where youths and adults in the community can use computers and other educational resources to help prepare them to succeed in school and on the job. A team of professionals including a manager, an instructor specialist, and a computer technician administer lab programs and services. Clients benefit by having access to computers and the internet; educational software; a capable staff; and environment that encourages learning.
Category: Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served: Children Only (5 – 14 years)
Short Term Success: The CCC, which provides major funding for the computer lab program, requires that clients in grades K-12 meet designated outcomes by the end of each academic year. Data is collected on a core group of clients, who are defined as follows:
Students in grades K-12 who have attended the computer lab for at least 12 times during the program year.
Core group clients are expected to meet at least one of the contracted outcome. As an example, here are the group results for the 2012-2013 program year.
Number E-WE year round students clients served-61
Number E-WE year round clients in core group-54
Outcome #1-number/percentage E-WE year round students achieving GPA of 2.0 or higher-44/81%
Outcome #2-Number/percentage E-WE year round students with no more than 5 unexcused absences-38/70%
In summary, 52/96% of E-WE year round core clients met at least one outcome; 44/81% met both outcomes.
Long Term Success: The programs and services of the Excellence Without Excuse (E-WE) Community Computer Arts Lab & Learning Center are designed to help remedy the following issues:
Low reading levels of students in grades pre-K-12
Difficulty in achieving satisfactory academic progress in school work;
Lack of access to computer technology in the home and limited access in the neighborhood school;
Low levels of job readiness and job procurement skills among teens and adults in the community; and
Limited knowledge of and exposure to cultural artists and events.
Over the years the computer lab has provided services to a number of feeder groups of students clients including:
Eatonville Boys & Girls Club (1998-Present)
Pattie’s Child Development Center (2000-2002)
Ingram’s Child Care Center (1999)
Eatonville Church of God in Christ Child Care Center (1997-1999)
Macedonia Head Start Program (1997-1999)
Eatonville Head Start Program (2002)
Lakeside Alternatives Counseling Clients