709 University Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
Hours change daily - please click below to view the attached calendar. The schedule is also available at the Lifetrack Resources webpage:
In 2010 Lifetrack Resource’s public computer center received 15 new desktop computers, business-class Internet access, new furnishings, and additional staff time as part of a partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Broadband Access Project (BAP). At one time, Lifetrack had a computer center but had to close it due to lack of funding. The BAP provides the funding that has allowed it to reopen. The computer center at Lifetrack Resources is on the first floor and has its own entrance. It is open to the public with occasional scheduled trainings, and its services are for adult learners. For more information about this public computer center and the programs and classes offered at this location, please contact: Lifetrack Resources’ main line, 651-227-8471.
Broadband Access Project/ Lifetrack Resources Success Story
2000, Henry* has been homeless. He is a veteran who has also worked as a
machine operator and truck driver. When Lifetrack opened up its brand
new computer lab, in partnership with the Broadband Access Project and
the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement
Center, Henry took full advantage of its resources. Rain, sleet or snow,
Henry has ridden his bicycle to the lab almost every single day since
it opened in July of 2010. That adds up to over 200 hours of computer
time over the last 10 months.
With all of this screen time he has been able to start and finish writing a 60-page memoir about the state of homelessness in America. “Because you guys are so available, I was able to accomplish whatever projects I needed to go back to work,” Henry says.
Lifetrack’s lab, unlike many other public labs, is available for walk-ins all afternoon, not just for an hour at a time. This has allowed Henry to really spend the necessary time on his projects. He has also taken advantage of Lifetrack’s computer lab staff to revamp his resume and gain computer skills. He learned to use a flash drive, attach files to emails, improve his typing skills, and much more. He described learning to use the grammar tools in Microsoft Word as “taking English 101.”
In addition to offering an open computer lab, Lifetrack Resources and the Broadband Access Project offer free computer classes to both the public and to small businesses and nonprofits. Please contact Lifetrack at 651-227-8471 if you would like to set up a free class, or sign up for free classes online at: http://www.bap.umn.edu.
*For privacy, Henry’s name has been changed.