YOUNGSTOWN Grant will bring North Star into computer age

An instructor from YSU will teach the women how to develop a Web site to sell their crafts online.
YOUNGSTOWN -- North Star Patchwork Training Center, a nonprofit organization teaching low-skilled, low-income and unemployed women how to create quilts, afghans and other sewing projects, has been awarded a $10,000 grant.
The grant, from Community Technology Fund of Ohio, will help buy a computer and other equipment, and an instructor from the technology department at Youngstown State University's Metropolitan College will teach the women how to develop a Web site to sell their crafts online.
"The executive director, Sandra W. Stephan, has promised us 16 hours of instruction in e-commerce and Web site construction," said the Rev. Lillie B. North, director of the Patchwork Training Center. "I'm looking forward to it."
Excitement: The Rev. Mrs. North said she was surprised and excited when told the center had received the grant.
"[The women] will have that training and can learn to put up their own [Web sites]," she said.
Background: The center, at Friends House Chapel at 192 Haseltine Ave., has existed since March 1994. Ten students each year take classes three days a week for 10 months to learn how to make various arts and crafts that they can sell for profit.
The Ohio Community Technology Fund is a five-member board of representatives from Ohio Consumers' Counsel, Edgemont Neighborhood Coalition of Dayton, Ameritech Ohio, Parkview Areawide Seniors Inc. of Cleveland and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. The board awarded $754,000 to 39 nonprofit organizations in Ohio that have developed programs to bring technology equipment and education to Ohio citizens.

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