A Partner for Educational Excellence

The Lawndale Legacies Community Technology Center is a 30-computer facility where K-12th grade students and adults increase their computer literacy and academic and professional competitiveness.

LCDC also seeks to be a partner for educational excellence through the following New Communities Program (NCP) initiatives:

The establishment of a technology consortium that will help community school teachers become IC3 certified and 8th grade students meet the No Child Left Behind digital literacy requirements.

Additionally,many classes have been designed to enhance life skills and build confidence in technology.


In 2000, LCDC opened the Lawndale Legacies CTC with funding from the Freddie Mac Foundation.

Every year the Digital Divide (the difference and the distance between those who have access to life-enhancing technology and those who don’t) grows larger, both in the African American population as a whole and in North Lawndale specifically. Increasingly, employment and lifestyle hinge upon a person’s access to technology. Those who are not adequately trained and functional in basic computer and related technologies find themselves unable to live the lives they wish to, or even take care of everyday necessities.

The purpose of LLCTC is to decrease the Digital Divide in North Lawndale by providing community-based computer technologies-related training facilities and programs that seek to build self-sufficiency in individuals and overcome the cycle of poverty, discrimination and isolation.

Every year, more than 300 community residents take advantage of academic enrichment software; Internet access; computer courses in PC use, Microsoft applications, web design, digital media, and the assistance of well-trained volunteers.

During the summer, the Tech Center partners with the Garden, Lawndale Community Church’s program for K-8th graders. The curriculum includes Internet Research, Desktop Publishing, Written Communications, Music Composition and HTML Programming. We also partner with the City of Chicago’s After School Matters initiative to offer students paid internships that teach valuable life skills.