In 2008 the Entrepreneurship Center for Women in Agriculture (CEMA in Spanish) conducted farm management education activities for women farmers and ranchers in Vieques. Educational activities were offered by faculty of the Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Department. In 2009 that Department donated 12 computers to two Non-Government Organizations (NGOs): Reach for Success and “Incubadora Microempresa Bieke” and established the Educational Technology Centers (CETec I and II, in Spanish, respectively) with support of the Agricultural Extension Service. The donation was possible by an agreement signed by the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez and each NGO. Both NGOs service Vieques community, Reach for Success assists youth and “Incubadora Microempresa Bieke” helps farmers and entrepreneurs to incubate and manage their business.
In 2010 the Technology and Management Educational Center for Socially Disadvantage Farmers and Ranchers (CETAA, in Spanish) continued offering workshops to entrepreneurs, farmers, and youth in Vieques on computer literacy and software use. That same year the Technology and Management Educational Center for Socially Disadvantage Farmers and Ranchers was awarded with funds to renovate the two facilities in established in 2009 allowing service to farmers, entrepreneurs, youth and general community. In Summer 2011 CETec I was renovated with 10 computers each with a web-HD camera, projection screen and a printer. Since the renovation and up to May 2013, the computers in CETec I have been used by more than 800 people. During Summer 2012 CETec II was renovated with 10 computers that have been used until May 2013 by over 210 people from the community.
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