Those that participated in the digital literacy sessions learned about topics such as email, preparing a resume, and internet basics. One participant was just walking down Lancaster Avenue when she saw the signs and activity. She registered for one of the digital literacy sessions and found it so helpful she wanted to continue learning. "I was on my way to buy flowers for my yard, but this is so much more important! I'm so glad I stopped by!" she said. With CDIT's free Community Computer Classes starting this week, she and several other of Saturday's participants will begin the 12-week course to keep growing their digital literacy.
Other visitors enjoyed the pop-up lab with tablets available for use at the event. The easy-to-operate, hand-held devices always draw a diverse crowd when CDIT opens up the portable lab--from young children to senior citizens. Visitors were able to experience fun new devices and access all of the resources the Internet has to offer.
Other organizations represented at information tables also connected visitors to further technology opportunities. Nonprofit Technology Resources shared about their thrift shop for low-cost computers and repair services. ITWorks encouraged young adults to apply for its 8-week intensive IT training program. Comcast advertised its low-cost internet option, Internet Essentials. And PEC displayed all of the services and programs it currently offers.
Comcast hosted Cares Days in cities across the country, giving its employees an opportunity to partner with local non-profits in a day of service. The Philadelphia Cares Day has special significance to Comcast since the cable giant is headquartered here. CDIT was excited to continue to partner with Comcast to serve West Philadelphia and build upon its legacy as an organization committed to increasing digital literacy.
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