Last week, we met our neighbor Virginia Jackson at an EBDI resume-writing workshop. This week, Virginia is taking advantage of another program made possible through our partnership with ARAMARK – a computer training class at the South Baltimore Learning Center (SBLC).
Jessie Moore, Director of Technology at the South Baltimore Learning Center, teaches six-week computer training classes for individuals who are looking to improve their computer skills. As Jessie explains:
“The classes here are sponsored by outside groups, such as EBDI. They sponsor classes – so every seat in here was sponsored by someone in the community.”
Teaching up to eight classes per year, SBLC’s goal is to ensure that all students leave the program with skills relevant to their careers. For example, in addition to general computer literacy skills, students are taught how to use Excel to create budgets and schedules.
Another student, Wilbert Draughn, is preparing to take his GED exam. Starting in January, the GED will transition from paper-based testing to a computer-based testing system. By working to improve computer literacy, Jessie hopes to equip our neighbors like Wilbert with the tools necessary to take the GED online. As he explains:
“That’s the purpose of this class: to help with computer literacy so people can come in and be able to really take the test, and not have the computers be an issue for them.”
Wilbert summed up his experience – after his grandchildren had tried and failed to interest him in computers:
“This is fun. It really is. I’m old school – pencil and pen – that’s what I do. But this is different. I like it! I really do.”
Thank you for reading this week’s email. We hope you take a moment to watch this week’s video to learn more about our work with SBLC.