Time Warner Cable's Learning Lab in ManhattanTime Warner Cable opened the doors on a new Learning Lab at the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) in New York City’s Chinatown.

The CPC is the first community service organization in lower Manhattan to receive a Learning Lab, which is a Time Warner Cable-funded program providing New Yorkers with access to computers, e-learning programs and high-speed Internet to assist with their educational and professional development needs.

The Learning Lab is located at CPC’s community service center at 165 Eldridge St. The $50,000 donation by Time Warner Cable for the Learning Lab covered new computers, printers, computer software, tablets and HD televisions. The Learning Lab is powered by a DOCSIS 3.0-based Wideband Internet service from Time Warner Cable Business Class, which also provides the Lab’s complementary HD DVR and TV services.

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was on hand for Monday’s grand opening of the Learning Lab.

“Through the Learning Lab, Time Warner Cable is providing the community with the necessities of the digital age – from fast Internet to the latest computer technologies,” said John Quigley, regional vice president of operations for NYC at Time Warner Cable. “It’s terrific timing to open a Time Warner Cable Learning Lab during the year of the dragon, a great symbol of strength and good luck. We thank Speaker Silver for making our partnership with the CPC possible to bring a Learning Lab to Chinatown.”

Founded in 1965, the Chinese-American Planning Council is one of the largest nonprofit providers of educational, social and community services for Asian Americans in the United States. It now serves more than 8,000 people daily through more than 70 programs in 32 locations citywide. It administers community services, childcare, youth services, workforce development, senior services, home attendant services, housing and cultural services. CPC's mission is to improve the quality of life of Chinese Americans in New York City by providing access to services, skills and resources toward the goal of economic self-sufficiency and integration into the American mainstream.

“For almost five decades, CPC has been providing social and educational services in the community, ranging from English as a second language classes to job training and placement, childcare, youth, housing, and healthcare services,” said CPC executive director David Chen. “In today's digital economy, it is increasingly important for us to narrow the technology gap in our community by launching a resource complete with state-of-the-art computers, tablets, e-readers and other equipment. CPC is pleased to partner with Time Warner Cable to launch this important first-of-its-kind Learning Lab in the Lower East Side.”

In conjunction with a $25 million fiber build-out in the New York City area, Time Warner Cable recently announced it would open a Learning Lab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp.’s Employment Center later this year. Time Warner Cable has opened six Labs in New York City to date and plans to open 34 more over the next several years.