Public, Society Benefit

California Technological Care

  • Rio Vista, CA
  • http://www.ctcglobal.wordpress.com

Mission Statement

California Technological Care (CTC) is a 501c3 “all volunteer" organization formed in 1999 as an answer to many people in our society (and that in the Philippines) who had little or no computer and Internet training. In those early days, we refurbished donated equipment from companies in Silicon Valley, established Computer Training Centers in both countries and provided “free" computer training to disabled and non-disabled individuals alike. (And, we were able to reach thousands both in the United States and in the Philippines.)

From the limited exposure people had to the Internet & computers in the late 1990s to today, where any individual using a cell phone can check his or her email and surf the “Web" in a matter of a minute, CTC's initial mission had become less relevant in this modern world.

Our new mission concentrates primarily on the Hearing Impaired (Deaf) Children both in the United States and in the Philippines.

“We will empower Children with Hearing Impairments so they become fully accepted into society; allowing them to receive an education where each can reach his or her full potential with dignity and self-respect, be free from poverty and be self-dependent."

Among the most vulnerable groups, children who are deaf are particularly prone to discrimination. Exclusion from society begins in the early days of their lives facing bullying, human trafficking, rape, and even murder. Without the ability to verbally communicate, who are they going tell, so they endure this condemnation in their silent world.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Computer Learning and Resource Center
  3. No Deaf Child Left Behind
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Northern and Central Valley, California in the United States;

Internationally, in the Republic of the Philippines.

ruling year

2000

Principal Officer since 2016

Self-reported

Mr. Demos Punsalan

Co Principal Officer since 2016

Self-reported

Mr. Albert Munroe

Keywords

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Fighting information poverty by bridging the digital divide

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Also Known As

C.T.C.

EIN

77-0522511

 Number

2591509458

Physical Address

905 Diamante Drive

Rio Vista, 94571 5143

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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CTC continues to carry out the fundamentals of providing computer technology education to the underserve communities locally and internationally.  In the Philippines over the past 2 years, CTC worked with the Philippine Department of Education and its regional office in Southern Tagalog Region to provide 1200 computer units with printers to either all or most of its public schools with the technical help of the local university, La Salle and in coordination of the Office of Congressman Mandanas. On August 3, 2010, CTC inaugurated the opening of the computer learning center provided to Hangga Elementary School, a public school in the town of Hagonoy province of Bulacan.  On October 1, 2010, CTC signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Clean Tech Institute, a leader in research and development as well as in workforce and professional training in nanotechnology and clean tech jobs. This partnership is anticipated to help CTC in providing dual programs in its mission both in computer and solar technology.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

C.T.C.'s free training includes both computer operation and computer repair topics. The program lays a strong and stable foundation in computer operations by blending theoretical concepts and hands-on experience. The curriculum combines basic courses in DOS, Windows 95/98, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), using the Internet and small business subjects.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Computer Learning and Resource Center

To establish a computer learning and resource center with a local government agency or institution for the underserved community in the Delta Region, Northern California

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 3

No Deaf Child Left Behind

Nearly 2 million deaf children and young adults between the ages of 0 to 24 across the Philippines cannot benefit fully from a traditional educational program because they have a challenge that impairs their ability to participate in a typical classroom environment. For students in school, computer-based technologies can play a crucial role in their young lives.

Especially in the rural/remote areas where classes for deaf children only go from grade K through 6. If the student wants to go to high school and beyond, (using Barili, Cebu as an example) he or she would have to enroll in Cebu City some 95 kilometers away. Yes, the school is free.

However, the deaf student would have to find lodging, pay for meals, and if necessary, communicate with a taxi or jeepney driver to travel back and forth between their rooming house and the school.

Bottom-line, their parents, subsisting on less than 300 pesos ($6.35) a day, just cannot afford the cost. So, 95% of the time, their education stops upon completion of the 6th grade.

The solution for this is dilemma, especially for an exceptional deaf child, would be an online high school program which offers students a chance to schedule school work at their own convenience and complete courses at their own pace.

Stanford University in California, University of Texas, and Maine Connection Academy, to name a few, all offer an accredited High School diploma online to students worldwide.

But, it all starts with knowing how to use a computer.

Phase 1 of CTC’s plan:

One SPED teacher for the deaf in the rural/remote areas will teach all classes from grade K through 6 in a one classroom. Students will range in age from 5 to 20+ years.

CTC will enhance the deaf student’s learning capabilities (who already read and write English and Filipino) by placing 5 computers, a computer projector w/screen, printer, word processing, reading and educational software in their SPED classroom (along with 5 headsets w/microphone, amplified speakers and speech therapy computer programs to be used in Phase 2).

Up until grade 4, the students will giving the opportunity to become familiar with the computer through educational games and reading software. They will learn keyboard skills and the different functions of the computer both in theory and with hands-on application.

Over the remaining three years, from grade 4 through grade 6, students will be learning to use the various technological tools that will enable them to do their work quicker and give it a professional appearance.

Phase 2 of CTC’s plan:

CTC will be working its schedule in conjunction with Starkey Hearing Foundation Philippines whose mission has provided thousands of deaf men, women, and children with free hearing aids.

Using Barili, Cebu once more as an example, on December 9, 2015, CTC brought 11 “Profoundly Deaf” children from Barili Central 1 into a Starkey Hearing Foundation mission site in Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu, Philippines.

Each child hoping he or she may become a candidate as a hearing aid recipient…..… 11 students tested (Starkey’s way), 11 students received hearing aids, 11 deaf students entering the building in the morning all left as “hearing” students by noon time!

Now……

Just because they can hear, these children still can’t be placed in with the mainstream of students in school, they need to learn how to verbally interact with others first.
Their silence has been lifted and “that” world has been replaced with one full of noise. Each child must be taught to distinguish useful information from their new world of sound.

Then, they must be taught to “Speak”: how to form letters of the alphabet; vowels, phonics, sentence structure and diction. Things they didn’t have to think about in their “Silent World”.

These are lessons their SPED teacher didn’t have to consider before. Now, in addition to the program he or she had been teaching, a whole new “work load” has been placed on their shoulders.

This is where these computers can again provide relief to the teacher.

Speech therapy programs such as “Teach Me to Talk” from SoftTouch or Language Learning “English or Filipino” from Rosetta Stone can assist the SPED teacher.

Each child learns at his or her own pace. The more advanced learners, the ones who may require less individual attention can interface with computers giving the teacher more time to devote to the rest of the class.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Northern and Central Valley, California in the United States;

Internationally, in the Republic of the Philippines.

Funding Needs

In these economic times and just recovering from recession, more than ever, non profits such as CTC requires funding support to remain existent and continue its program.  Since this is all run-volunteer program, CTC is still in need to run on a mean budget of $5000 for the year.

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Principal Officer

Mr. Demos Punsalan

Co Principal Officer

Mr. Albert Munroe

BIO

Demos Punsalan was appointed as the Executive Director effective Jan 1, 2010.  A graduate of University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines with a degree in Business Commerce major in Management.  Pursued his advance program in International Marketing at U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, California. Worked for AT&T for about 29 years in the field of Engineering and Business Operations.  Currently undertaking studies in Nanotechnology and Clean Technology at Clean Tech Institute in Fremont, California under the auspices of National Alliance for Growth and Development.  Additionally, Demos Punsalan sits on the Board of Trustees as a Co-Owner of Pampanga Central Educational System and Pampanga Central High School in Pampanga, Philippines.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Internet has been hailed as a “great equalizer", a revolutionary technological tool that enables efficient transfer of information on a global scale.  This global information could be used for international trade, online digital libraries, online education, telemedicine, e-government and many, many other applications.There has been an idea floating around for a long time that terrorism can be a by-product of poverty.  If you rationalize the thought, it seems pretty logical. Poverty can surely lead to a sense of social alienation.  While poverty and low education may not be the direct cause of  terrorism, education in general is a powerful tool to provide alternatives to the illiterate, impoverished areas that have become the recruiting grounds for terrorist organizations. Violence damages investors' confidence, hampers economic development, and reduces the credit rating of any country. Poverty is the major obstacle in the way of economic and institutional development.

Assuming that is the case, extending the benefits of economic growth to marginalized communities could lessen the threat of terrorism.  And CTC is contributing a modest way in delivering its services to the underserved communities."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Albert Munroe

No affiliation

Term: Aug 1999 - July 2017

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