Free Digital Life Skills Classes Four Days a Week
AUGUST 14, 2013
Since moving to our new location on July 1, the number of people we are serving through our training programs has exploded. Basically, it seems we have tapped a pent up demand in the inner city for training on how to use the Internet and access to affordable equipment to connect to it.
The free program has a curriculum that consists of two two-hour sessions. It takes participants through some computer basics and introduces them to Internet skills that include setting up an email account, browsing the web and how to access useful services online. We also touch on educational opportunities on the Internet, using it for job search and career development, as well as online banking and tips for shopping on the web. To give personalized attention, we have been limiting class sizes to ten participants.
On the first day we began to offer the training sessions at the building on Troost Avenue, nearly forty people showed up for a class for which only ten had signed up in advance. As a result, we are now conducting these classes four days a week at our location. At the same time, we have been taking our mobile computer lab out into the community to conduct the same classes on-site at other nonprofit and community groups. Organizations who wish to host training sessions at their locations are encouraged to contact us.
One important element of our training program is that we offer inexpensive refurbished laptops and desktops to those who complete both sessions. For individuals who qualify as low income, we make a computer available for just $50.00. As a participant in the Microsoft Registered Refurbisher Program, these PCs have fully licensed versions of Microsoft Windows 7 installed. MS Office 2010 is also available. As participants in this program, we follow a strict set of data sanitation standards that protects the confidentiality of the information on donated computers we receive.
Fortunately, our new location has given us expanded space for our computer refurbishing operations. With this upsurge in demand for computers, the staff and volunteers who work in our shop have been kept very busy. Let us know if you would like to be involved in our training or refurbishing efforts. No experience is necessary – we have an orientation program for all volunteers. Contact us for more information!