In February 2003 People’s Emergency Center created the Digital Inclusion (DI) program to help bridge the digital divide in West Philadelphia. Through DI programs, students of all ages develop the technology skills necessary for success in the 21st century. To accomplish its mission DI provides free courses in computer and internet literacy to local residents. Upon completing the course, qualified students may receive free or low-cost computers . Additionally, DI promotes viable, low-cost broadband internet access for the people it serves.The DI program uses a three-pronged strategy to advance information technology literacy:
We offer free computer training at every level! Computer and Internet Class (CIC) takes adult learners through basic computer operations and OS concepts, internet navigation, email usage, MS Office applications, and the effective use of social networking applications. Tech St@rs (TS) is an after-school program for students from neighborhood elementary schools. It employs a proven web-delivered tech literacy curriculum along with interactive group projects to reinforce computer basics. The Teen Technology Network (TTN) offers West Philadelphia teens the chance to learn advanced computer skills and media training. Our Comcast Digital Connectors (CDC) program offers the students the chance to develop or improve their command of computer literacy, financial literacy, multimedia productions and leadership skills. In addition, we provide "Pop-up" labs with tablets and netbooks to deliver workshops and open access in the classrooms or community centers.
CDIT gives free computers to youth participants who successfully complete a TS or TTN training course and direct adult learner to local low-cost refurbished computers resources.
CDIT promotes viable free and low-cost broadband options and informs participants on pertinent government services and community-based resources on the Internet.
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