OH Goodwill Connects Community to Free Computer Training

African-American woman takes computer classAdults in seven Ohio counties are learning important computer and Internet skills needed to be successful in today’s workforce, thanks to a new partnership between Goodwill Industries of South Central Ohio and Connect Ohio.

The two agencies are offering the Every Citizen Online (ECO) program, which includes six hours of training on computer basics, an introduction to the Internet, and an overview of the many benefits of using the web.

“This is a much needed program in the rural area of the state in which we serve. It will offer participants the necessary information to keep up with an ever-changing society. Through our partnership with Connect Ohio, we will be able to reach members of the community that otherwise would not have this opportunity,” said Goodwill’s Workforce Development Supervisor Tracy Brown.

As an ECO partner organization, the Ohio Goodwill received 12 new laptop computers, which are being used as a mobile computer lab and allowing ECO training to be offered at various locations throughout the seven participating counties.

Vocational rehabilitation program participants will also use the computers in their job search activities, advanced computer training programs, résumé and cover letter writing, and to research career-related information.