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Government of District of Columbia Opens Computer Centers to Provide Digital Literacy Training

The Government of the District of Columbia is teaching digital literacy courses at three public computer centers across the city to help people develop computer and workforce skills. These centers are supporting a citywide initiative to provide affordable broadband and digital literacy training classes to low-income, unemployed District residents. Each center provides patrons with access to new computers, free Internet access, and digital literacy courses.

For example, the new Community College of the District of Columbia (CCDC) center houses 70 state-of-the-art computers and offers digital literacy and workforce development courses on a variety of topics including resume building, computer literacy, computer basics, online job search techniques, and Microsoft® Office software fundamentals. The Petworth Library also provides new state-of-the-art computers and web-based courses that help job seekers earn a GED, learn basic computer skills, and prepare for professional exams.

This program is made possible with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

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