By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian
The Fairmont office of WorkForce West Virginia welcomes people to stop by its new broadband computer center.
In March 2010, WorkForce West Virginia was awarded a federal grant in the amount of $1.9 million from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, said Robert Fernatt, manager of Management Information Systems for WorkForce West Virginia.
Then in the first quarter of 2011, WorkForce opened public computer centers throughout the state, he said. The 19 sites started with basic equipment, but have continuously expanded their tools and capabilities — including high-speed broadband service — since then. Most of the locations were close to being finished in mid-2012.
These centers are in Fairmont, Beckley, Bridgeport, Charleston, Elkins, Huntington, Logan, Martinsburg, Moorefield, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Princeton, Ripley, Ronceverte, Summersville, Teays, Weirton, Welch and Wheeling, Fernatt said.