Free Digital Life Skills Classes
At Connecting for Good, we believe connectivity equals opportunity. So we are working to ensure that under resourced Kansas City residents have an Internet-connected computer in their homes. Connectivity all by itself will not close the Digital Divide, however. To help people become active digital citizens, we offer three equally important programs to the community; connectivity, affordable computers and digital literacy training.
By teaching everyday digital skills, like online communications and job searching, Connecting for Good helps under-resourced families, senior citizens and the disabled to take advantag of all resources the Internet has to offer.
We are conducting regularly scheduled free classes and one-on-one and hands-on digital tutorials at our centers located at 3210 Michigan Ave. in Kansas City, Missouri and at 2006 N 3rd Street in Kansas City, Kansas. Our mobile computer lab travels throughout the metro area to provide classes at several different locations, including Kansas City Public Library branches, neighborhood associations and other community organizations. (see the schedule)
In 2014, 2,000 urban core residents took part in our digital life skills courses.
The training involves these basic digital life skills: computer basics, setting up an email account and an introduction to browsing the Internet.
We also offer tutoring and special classes on these topics
- Finding health/medical information
- Accessing government services
- Searching for job opportunities
- Social networking
- Online shopping
- Banking online
- Classes/certification online
See our Computer Lessons for Beginners with links to self-paced learning experiences in computer basics, the Internet, e-mail, social media and MS Word.
Connecting for Good is one of only two sponsor sites in Missouri that administers the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment. This is a series of proctored exams by which participants are able to demonstrate proficiency in the following digital skills:
Section 1: Introduction to the Computer
Section 2: Windows 7
Section 3: Email Basics
Section 4: Internet Basics
Section 5: Introduction to Social Media
Section 6: Microsoft Word Basics
Section 7: Microsoft Excel Basics
Certificates will be provided for those who pass the various sections that can be attached to resumes to aid in their efforts to find employment. At the same time, the testing process reveals areas where participants need to upgrade their skills. This allows us to create personalized lessons plans so they can prepare to successfully gain their certificates.
Because this knowledge is not helpful unless people can use it, we offer low income individuals who complete both classes with an inexpensive refurbished PC for as little as $50.00. Additionally, for those do not already have Internet in their homes, we provide inexpensive ways to get online. We maintain Wi-Fi networks at three low income housing complexes and offer an inexpensive 4G Internet service. We help students find discounted services with local ISPs and direct them to to free Wi-Fi hotspots and public computer centers.
To sign up for free classes, see our Class Sessions Schedule.