WISH LIST: $100: Microsoft Windows software licenses for 20 students; $500: course books and materials for 10 students; $1000: refurbishment of donated computers for 5 students
Most jobs today require some level of computer proficiency, but if you don't grow up with your hands on a keyboard, how are you supposed to learn? At Computer CORE, low-income adults get the technical and life skills they didn't learn as kids. Some are unemployed; most hold one or more low-wage jobs, typically without benefits or opportunities for advancement; two-thirds are women; many are first-generation immigrants. A six-month computer training course helps them conquer fears and learn computer basics: keyboarding; working with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; using email and the internet. After two months, students receive a free computer so that they can hone their skills, and share them with family members, at home. Instructors also advise and mentor students -- identifying existing skills, nurturing interests, working on resumes, cover letters, and job search strategies. An astonishing 93% of CORE students graduate and start new careers, receive promotions, and go on to advanced education programs. Catalogue donors: help your neighbors join the computer age and find a job that means both security and dignity.
3846 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302
703-931-7346 ext 106