While internet connectivity is being addressed at Humbolt Elementary with a project to connect the school to John Day’s fiber line, another facility is looking to provide an outlet to help the county overcome the trials of broadband while providing access to many resources.
Didgette McCracken, the Open Campus Coordinator at Oregon State University Extension, presented Grant County Coworks — a shared workspace for educational and entrepreneurial pursuits and technology — during the John Day City Council on Aug. 25.
Coworks will be a workplace where members will be provided with coaching and mentorship to provide one-on-one advising to help find funding, create a sustainable business strategy and launch their ventures, while providing local students with access to the technology, tools and mentorship necessary for online education, according to McCracken. Desks, computers, printers, phone charging stations and other items will be provided.
“We have this rural community that’s very isolated,