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OneCommunity Provides Computer Training In Cities Across the U.S.

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OneCommunity’s “Connect Your Community” project provides digital literacy training to citizens across several cities including Cleveland and Akron, Ohio; Detroit, Mich.; Lexington, Ky.; and Bradenton, Fla. Aimed at expanding broadband adoption in low-income communities, the program teaches participants computer basics, Internet fundamentals, online safety and privacy tips, and software functionality. Participants must also develop an adoption plan, mapping out a personal approach and timeline to acquiring access to broadband and regularly using a computer.

Additionally, the project is partnering with non-profit and community organizations to implement neighbor-to-neighbor digital literacy training and broadband adoption. The program recruits and trains unemployed and underemployed residents of each community to work as members of a “CYC Corps” charged with teaching computer skills and increasing broadband awareness to other community members.

The ultimate goal of the project is to provide digital literacy training and services to approximately 33,000 people. This project was made possible by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.