OTX West is dedicated to eliminating the digital divide in Oakland, California. We seek to enhance educational opportunities and increase the accessibility of technology to low-income members of our community. OTX West recognizes the need for people of all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds to gain access to the digital word by owning a home computer and acquiring technological knowledge and skills in steps toward individual self-sufficiency and empowerment.
The organization also employs an environmentally sustainable, re-use model by refurbishing donated personal computers and other technological equipment,* and supplying them to students who successfully complete our training class. We take proactive measures to directly confront persisting inequalities by teaching basic computer skills to parents and children and providing ongoing technical support free of charge.
OTX West is a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher
OTX-West has provided over:
to Oakland Public School families free of charge
to Oakland Public School classrooms and community access labs across
Over 1,000 laptop
computers to students and community members in Oakland
Diverted over 700
tons of electronic waste from landfills for productive use or
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specify OTXWest in the designation
The Take Home Computer Program
FOR OAKLAND CA. STUDENTS ONLY! Next Class Thurs. 3/13/14 5:30-8:30 PM
THCP is for Oakland students grades 6-12
In order for a student to receive a free computer he/she must attend a one time only 3 hour training class accompanied with an adult.
Classes are posted on our calendar below. Check for the next available class and register here or call us at: 510-893-4822
This summer of 2013, twelve high school students from four different Oakland Public high schools joined us at OTX West for a five-week internship. These formidable young men learned the ins and outs of computer hardware through a combination of study and hands-on work, applying their new skills to the installation of eight computers labs around Oakland, building dozens of computers for local schools and families, and testing hundreds of monitors, speakers, and other peripherals. They also studied Photoshop and web design, each creating his own website and Photostory describing the internship exp
Oakland Technology Exchange West 1680 14th Street Oakland, Ca. 94607 Phone 510-893-4822 Fax 510-893-1205