¡Con libertad para aprender lo que desea, cuando quiera, absolutamente gratis! This is the message site visitors see when they first visit GCFLatino.org. Thanks to GCF Latino, Goodwill® represents the “liberty to learn what you wish, when you want, absolutely free” for Spanish speakers worldwide.
GCFLatino.org is the Spanish version of GCFLearnFree.org, a web-based interactive program created by the Goodwill Community Foundation, Inc. (GCF®), the foundation for Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina. GCF’s mission is to create and provide education, employment and life enrichment opportunities for people who desire to improve the quality of their lives.
Based entirely in Colombia, GCF Latino is comprised of an 11-member team of Hispanic Goodwill contractors, led by program manager Alejandra Holguin. “Our objective is to create an education platform designed by Latinos for Latinos all over the world,” says Holguin.
GCF Latino creates learning opportunities for Spanish speakers who want to enhance essential skills needed for employment. The web-based curricula of the virtual workshops can help anyone become highly knowledgeable on Windows Office programs, social media platforms, computer applications and day-to-day life skills. Tutorials on Word, Excel, and PowerPoint help users acquire essential skills for office or administrative positions.
The popular “Everyday Life” program guides limited English-proficient individuals through the top 1,000 words in the English language. “We use these words to teach our users critical life lessons needed to successfully function in the United States– lessons like using an ATM or learning how to take a train,” Holguin explains.