This November 2018, Light of Life clients had the opportunity to take courses through a program called Computer Reach. For four weeks, clients received digital literacy assessments, hands-on training, equipment, and support with the potential to earn a computer upon completion of the program. Eight clients enrolled in courses, and three additional clients tested out of the Level 1 program, earning the certificate and computer without needing to take the classes.
The process began with an introductory session, which included a presentation by Computer Reach staff about the organization followed by the digital literacy screening. Clients could take Level 1 courses such as Basic Computer Skills, Internet Basics, and Using Email and Social Media. Clients who are interested in pursuing more advanced courses can learn Microsoft programs such as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, as well as coding and programming. Any participants who excel in these courses have the opportunity to receive training to teach those particular skills.
For two hours each week, participants learned key skills that will help them professionally, but even more importantly, they felt heard and respected.
The course was a fantastic time of fellowship and learning, and our Education & Employment program is working with Computer Reach staff to offer another round of courses this winter. Prior to partnering with Computer Reach, Light of Life Education & Employment staff assess clients’ skills individually and connected them with offsite tutoring. Now, clients can gain foundational skills on-site and in community.
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