TECH CENTER: new center offers help to those needing to log on.

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With the state's unemployment rate hovering around 5.6 percent many people are looking for help anywhere they can find.

The last unemployment report from Iowa Workforce Development over 93,000 Iowans were unemployed in the month of December.

A new technology center in the metro hopes to reduce that number, by offering free services and classes to help people get a leg up on the competition.

The Corinthian Community Technology Center is a partnership between the church, local colleges, and Iowa workforce development.

The lab has sixteen computers, plus a workspace with two machines dedicated to people looking for work.

"The assumption is everyone has computers in this community, and they really don't so we want to be able to open that up to our community and decrease the digital divide," says Rev. Michael Burton.

The center will also help seniors needing to learn their way around a computer.

"All senior citizens  need to be able to utilize computers because often time a lot of them have computers and still don't use them because they don't know how to use them, and I'm one of them and I'm not as familiar with computers and I would like to be," says Linda Harrell.

Pastor Burton says he's hoping the center can be a one stop shop for those in the area needing to use a computer or simply just brush up on their skills.

"Our expectation is that this center really blesses our entire community and helps them all to realize their greatest potential," says Burton.

The church says they expect to have the technology center open during regular church hours, and will soon have more information posted about the free classes they will be offering.

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