This week's Nonprofit Spotlight is on Computer C.O.R.E.

What is Computer C.O.R.E.?

It is a nonprofit in Norhtern Virginia that teach adults techinical skills they did not learn as kids.computer_core_log Most of the students hold one or more low-wage jobs (usually without opportunities for advancement). Many are first-generation immigrants and two-thirds are women. Most of today's more well paying jobs require computer proficiency. Computer C.O.R.E. gives a sixth month training course and helps students learn basics including Word, Excel, Power Point, e-mail and the Internet. The best feature: after two months they will receive a free desktop to continue to practice on at home and it also gives them a chance to teach family members.

What is the Mission of Computer C.O.R.E.?

To help low-income adults acquire the technological and life skills they need to pursue their career aspirations.

Program Highlights:
  • 114 hours of training in Microsoft Office, Interenet Explorer and email communications
  • Keyboard training
  • Job-readiness training and job-placement assistance
  • A free home computer so that students can practice and teach their families
  • The opportunity to enroll at Northern Virginia commynity College, apply for financial aid and receive seven college credit hours for their work at C.O.R.E.
Volunteer Opportunities:

The C.O.R.E. can only stay open and operating if it has volunteers. Visit its website to learn about current volunteer positions open and to fill out a volunteer sign-up form.

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