Hands-on IT courses, green facilities at upgraded community club in Chua Chu Kang

SINGAPORE - Residents in Choa Chu Kang can now enjoy a variety of hands-on IT courses and green facilities at a newly upgraded community club in the neighbourhood.

On Saturday morning (March 19), Health Minister Gan Kim Yong officially reopened the Chua Chu Kang Community Club located at Teck Whye Avenue.

The club's facelift includes a refurbished IT centre equipped with new hardware and updated software, which are in line with Singapore's Smart Nation initiative.

Using their SkillsFuture credits, residents can pick up skills in 3D printing, HTML, C-Programming, mobile app development and more through courses held at the centre.

"With the expanded facilities, we will be able to open up more SkillsFuture course offerings in the later part of this year to provide more options for residents," said Mr Gan, who is an MP in the Chua Chu Kang GRC.

The IT centre was started in 1998 to promote greater awareness and wider use of IT in the community. Since then, it has regularly organised IT courses, seminars, workshops and activities at affordable prices for residents.

To encourage green community living, the club also received a new environmentally-friendly facade. It boasts LED lightings, as well as water and energy saving features.

The green theme was also a highlight at Saturday's opening ceremony carnival, which included booths by vegetable interest groups and a bazaar with produce from neighbouring farms.

Said Mr Gan: "The upgraded club will have activities for residents of all ages, cultures and interests, and be a central gathering point for the community."