ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., May 30, 2008 –The Qwest Foundation announced today a $10,000 grant to the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce (AHCC) Barelas Job Opportunity Center (BJOC) to further its bilingual Web Wizards Project. Since 2003, the Qwest Foundation has granted $80,000 to the project.
The AHCC/BJOC Web Wizards Project will collaborate with two elementary schools in the Albuquerque Public School District to provide website capabilities, Web master training and technical assistance for teachers to develop and keep the new site current and interesting.
”The Qwest Foundation has a long history of supporting the AHCC and its outstanding education programs,” said Loretta A. Armenta, Qwest president for New Mexico. “Education is a key to the future for New Mexico, and the Hispano chamber is unlocking doors to that brighter tomorrow. The Qwest Foundation supports the Web Wizards Project and is pleased to be a part of the AHCC team.”
“The Qwest Foundation recognizes that information is a critical step toward increasing parental involvement.  At the same time, technology provides schools with fast and reliable ways to get important information out to parents—whether it’s a student’s grade on the latest test or news about an upcoming parent meeting,” said Alex O. Romero, AHCC president and CEO. “We thank the Qwest Foundation for having the vision that will make a lasting difference and appreciate their partnership in this project.”
The Web Wizards Project will also train parents to use a new website to learn more about their children’s school, activities and achievements, as well as the volunteer and governance opportunities at the school. This project opens up the AHCC computer lab to train parents to access the Internet, school and classroom information, to e-mail teachers, access newsletters, get access to student information and to learn ways to assist in their children’s learning via the Web.


About the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce 

One of the oldest and largest Hispanic Chambers in the United States, the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce (AHCC) was established in 1975. The mission of the AHCC is to promote economic development and to enhance opportunities for the Hispanic community in the Albuquerque metropolitan area. One way the AHCC accomplishes this mission is through the Barelas Job Opportunity Center (BJOC) which provides a complete array of educational services and programs designed to improve the educational opportunity and experience of Hispanic in order to create a job ready and well trained employee base for both small and large companies in the Albuquerque metropolitan area.


About Qwest Foundation

The Qwest Foundation's core principle is that investing in people and communities provides lasting value for the future. The Qwest Foundation awards grants to community-based programs that generate high-impact and measurable results, focusing on pre-K through grade 12 education.

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