The Inland Northwest Community Access Network (Tincan) is providing digital media training and workshops at its new media lab and film production facility in Spokane, Wash. Students of all ages are taught film production skills including camera techniques, industry-level editing software, and sound production fundamentals. Tincan offers other digital media and career building training classes that span across skill levels including computer basics, editing fundamentals for home movies, web development, marketing with Facebook, and blogging basics. The new space also houses Tincan’s offices, a 32-computer media lab, and a full professional video production studio.
Tincan is enhancing Internet connectivity across the Spokane Public Library system and various community centers. The project has distributed computers and software for public use to Peaceful Valley Community Center, Northeast Community Center, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Outreach Center. These locations and others will provide Internet access to low-income Spokane residents including at-risk and homeless youth and people with disabilities who do not otherwise have access and new spaces where Tincan can provide training in Internet skills. This project was made possible by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.