In 1994, the Hayward Adult Education School determined that there was a strong need for a computer center to provide computer education and access to underserved Hayward residents.

The Hayward Rotary Club had been looking for a very special project to undertake, in celebration of the club's 75th anniversary. It had considered the idea of a computer educational center, but the project seemed to be beyond the capabilities of the club.

But Nels Nelson got the school district and Rotary to partner, and together they were able to create an expanded project.

The computer center was originally intended to benefit adults seeking education and training on computers. Rotary's strong interest in youth issues caused the scope of the project to be broadened to serve the interests of young people as well. Ed Avelar extended the design of the center which is now known as the Hayward Community Technology Center.