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Community Technology Center

The newest building on the College of Menominee Nation’s Keshena campus opened in 2012 as part of national efforts to bring fast, reliable internet service to under-served communities across the U.S. Of equal importance at that time were efforts to train elders, youth, small businesses owners, and others in rural areas not yet proficient in accessing “the information highway.”

 

CMN answered the call for training and access with a $3.35 million Commerce Department grant to build and equip the Community Technology Center. Service to residents of the Menominee reservation and surrounding communities included intensive staff-supported training on how to use e-mail, skype, and internet searches and resources.

 

Today, the center remains a public wi-fi café with computers for community users and is home to educational and service programs for both the public and CMN students. Resources include the Menominee Job Center, CMN’s Department of Continuing Education, and the offices of Menominee County/Nation UW-Extension.

 

The building is also home for outreach and development activities such as the Summer Transportation Institute and Youth Heritage programs for community youth, and gardening, cooking and native crafts and other interests for community adults.

 

The Menominee Job Center provides a monthly calendar of activities for individuals pursuing employment or looking to build their professional skills. The Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) administered by the Job Center provides funding for intensive career counseling as well as tuition assistance for students seeking in-demand careers.

 

The Community Technology Center is located on the main campus of the College of Menominee Nation, at 172 State Highway 47-55 in Keshena, Wisconsin.