Programs

Trinfo.Café is a unique point of contact for students, faculty, and staff of Trinity College with the residents of Hartford. We are the only department of the college located off-campus, and the high demand for our services means that our students and staff represent the face of the college to the thousands of city residents – young and old – who visit us each year.

Trinfo.Café is a free computer center open to the public that provides twenty-one computer workstations, a lounge for one-on-one training, and a computer recycling center for distributing refurbished machines throughout the city twice a year. 

Trinfo was established in 1999 to reduce the digital divide in Hartford by providing free computer access, high-speed Internet, and regular computer trainings to city residents.

FREE COMPUTER WORKSHOPS

The Trinfo.Café offers a variety of free workshops in English or Spanish to all Hartford residents. Trinity students teach these workshops in English and Spanish; teach in full classes, small groups, and one on one; as well as teach at Trinfo.Café and at various locations in the community, including neighborhood schools and community organizations.

We have workshops for beginners and others for certification in Microsoft Office software. 

Our workshops include, but are not limited to:

  • Introduction to Windows, e-mail and the Internet

  • Microsoft Word I & II

  • Microsoft Excel I & II

  • Introduction to PowerPoint

  • Practical Internet Use for Transnational Migrants

More information about these workshops is available on the TrinfoCafe site.

AFTER SCHOOL AND SUMMER CLASSES FOR KIDS

Trinfo Café partners with after-school and summer programs in Hartford to teach computer classes that balance academic learning with hands-on computer know-how.

Trinity students design the lessons that they then teach to Hartford schoolchildren. The lesson plans typically match an academic theme with a set of computer skills and guide the kids through the steps of creating a multi-media project. 

Trinfo works with community partners in advance to identify one or more desired themes for the classes, which may be taught in the school’s computer lab or in Trinfo, and in English or Spanish.

A sampling of our recent classes includes:

Latin American Culture and History
Ancient Egyptian Culture
Ecology and Global Warming
Astronomy for Kids
Media Literacy and Consumerism
Lyricist Lounge
Hartford City Explorers
For more specific reports on our work with Hartford schools and neighborhood groups, please click on the “Recent Projects” link.

BI-ANNUAL COMPUTER GIVEAWAYS

Trinfo.Café began recycling and distributing refurbished computers in 2001.  To date, through the program, we have donated over 600 computers to families in the neighborhood.  Trinity College donates most of the computers to us, which we then reformat and, if necessary, repair.  

The recycling of used computers is carried out by Trinity students. They spend hours refurbishing computers for the giveaways in July and December.  Students also administer the giveaways and give each recipient a primer on how to properly connect and operate the machines.

COMPUTER/TYPING PROGRAM

All of the computers in the Trinfo lab are equipped with multimedia, interactive typing tutor.  The software is self-paced and includes games and typing tests, in addition to the lessons.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Trinfo.Café offers an extensive array of affordable technology services like web design, server management, database consulting, and staff computer trainings for groups in the neighborhood.

Please visit our Web site  for more information:

Or contact YukShan Li at 860-297-4238, or via e-mail at yukshan.li@trincoll.edu