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1/16/2013

ProLiteracy/Local Service Organizations Launch New Computer Skills Classes

ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the country, is launching a free 6-week computer skills program on Syracuse’s North Side. The classes will be offered at ProLiteracy’s Life Links Public Computing Center at the North Side Learning Center. This program is made possible through a partnership between ProLiteracy, the North Side Learning Center, Hope Print, and the Interfaith Works Center for New Americans.

An event will be held at North Side Learning Center to kickoff the new program on January 26, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees will tour the center, learn more about the programming and resources available through Life Links, and have the opportunity to register for classes.

The goal of ProLiteracy’s Life Links initiative is to provide community members with access to current computer technology, high-speed broadband Internet access, and digital literacy instruction. In addition to providing these important resources (for free) to the community, this new Life Links project aims to bring several of the many local organizations that serve the culturally diverse population on the North Side together to communicate, collaborate, and share resources in new ways, increasing the reach of the effort and multiplying the number of individuals served.

“This project provides an opportunity for a range of service providers to work together to address the unique information and technology needs of the North Side residents,” says Kofi Addai, project coordinator. “Digital literacy and computer access opens the door for everyone, regardless of cultural background, to connect to information and resources that help them to better understand their community.”

In addition to the North Side Learning Center site, there is a Life Links Public Computing Center at ProLiteracy’s headquarters located at 104 Marcellus Street in Syracuse. Life Links is sponsored by ProLiteracy with generous support from the Central New York Community Foundation, The Allyn Foundation, the Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, and the John Ben Snow Foundation.

For more information on ProLiteracy’s Life Links initiative, visit our Colvin Center website.

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