In August 1999, ADTinc opened its first Internet Training Center in an economically depressed section of Southwest Houston with the help of Stanford Alexander (Chairman, Weingarten Realty Investors), former Mayor Lee Brown and the late Ben Love (Chairman, Texas Commerce Bank). The immense community demand later resulted in the creation of four new computer literacy training sites across Houston. Those locations include:
The fourth listed satellite program is particularly significant – the local school District had determined that although their elementary and secondary grade students were making impressive strides towards computer literacy, the parents of these children often had few technology skills to speak of. Accordingly, ADTINC decided to create an inter-generational environment where children and parents could master technology together.
As one of ADTinc’s founders, Dula has dedicated tremendous effort to bridge digital and income inequality. Under Mr. Abdu’s leadership, ADTinc has trained over 800 economically disadvantaged Houston residents. Before his current voluntary position with the organization, Dula worked at JPMorgan Chase in various capacities including as a financial analyst, and manager. He has also taught at various universities including Jackson State University, University of Houston (Central) San Jacinto College, Houston Community College, and Texas Sothern University. Dula has for many years been a distinguished civil servant, having sat on the Board of Directors of the Texas Workforce Commission as well as the Five Corners Management District serving the Hiram Clarke area. Based on this sterling track record of community service, Dula has been featured in the Houston Chronicle and other newspapers. His charitable activities include promoting economic development in Ethiopia, where he has started a microfinance, technology and water drilling projects.