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12 years later, still a ‘GREAT’ idea

Public access computers are serving community


Cindy Jerman (standing), administrator for the Rockdale office of Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, looks on as (clockwise from bottom) Kathleen Shivers, Nathan Barrera, Greg Barber, Betty Campbell, Jo Ann Lambright and David Lopez take advantage of the free public access computers. Cindy Jerman (standing), administrator for the Rockdale office of Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, looks on as (clockwise from bottom) Kathleen Shivers, Nathan Barrera, Greg Barber, Betty Campbell, Jo Ann Lambright and David Lopez take advantage of the free public access computers. After a dozen years connecting Rockdale to the information highway, the Greater Rockdale E-Access Team (GREAT) is still going strong.

GREAT provides free public access computers at eight locations around Rockdale. It’s come a long way since its inception in 2000 and is continually updating its technology.

In recent weeks, nine new computer systems have been installed at the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library. That means nine of the library’s busy computer stations are essentially brand new.

There are currently about 65 GREAT computers available at locations throughout Rockdale.

In addition to the City of Rockdale ( library), GREAT partners are Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, Project Head Start, Rising Star Baptist Church, Milam County, Eastside Tutoring and the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce.


Middle, Carmen Lopez works on a GREAT computer at Project Head Start. Middle, Carmen Lopez works on a GREAT computer at Project Head Start. GREAT was created in 2000 through a $500,000 Telecomunications Infrastructure Fund (TIF) grant.

GREAT partners have continued to fund upgrades over the past decade.

As newer systems come online at high-use GREAT locations such as the library, older computers being replaced are “recycled” to other locations .



Below, there are nine brand new systems among the 18 public computers at the city library. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Below, there are nine brand new systems among the 18 public computers at the city library. Reporter/Mike Brown

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