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  1. Digital Divide “Bridging the Digital Divide” {one person at a time!!!} FREE COMPUTER LITERACY CLASSES Sponsored by Parkland College & Illinois Depart of Commerce and Economic Opportunity 1307 N. Mattis Illinois Worknet Center   Brian D. Bell Parkland College Outreach Coordinator bbell@parkland.edu 217-373-3872

  2. Types of Digital Divides • Access to Education and training • Access to physical equipment • Access to the global network (internet) • Access to broadband network speeds • Sub categories • Race • Region • Income • Level of Education “The digital divide is what happened to you while you were at work”

  3.   Brian D. Bell Parkland College Outreach Coordinator bbell@parkland.edu 217-373-3872

  4. My class participants Illustration demonstrating some local areas are competing with the developing word.

  5. Official “Notice Of Inquiry”   Brian D. Bell Parkland College Outreach Coordinator bbell@parkland.edu 217-373-3872

  6. Our Mission • The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) awards grants to fund agencies to "Bridge the Digital Divide". • Our purpose (Parkland College) is to target 300 individuals from the lowest income neighborhoods within Champaign-Urbana area. • Through our proposed programming for Bridging the Digital Divide, each participant will receive at least 28 hours of project based, hands-on and practical technology training where they will receive knowledge of basic computer skills, typing instructions, internet connectivity and access to certification training. Following our current format for Computer Literacy at Parkland College's Mattis facility, participants will have access to GED training, job placement information and printing services.   Brian D. Bell Parkland College Outreach Coordinator bbell@parkland.edu 217-373-3872

  7. Who are our clients • Currently at 1307 N Mattis. Illinois Worknet Center • Class dynamics, basic overview • Over 40 • Unemployed • 50/50 Male – Female • 50/50 Minority – Non Minority (white non-hispanic) • 50% + no computer or internet access at home • Some areas have no access at all (Comcast etc) dial up only!   Brian D. Bell Parkland College Outreach Coordinator bbell@parkland.edu 217-373-3872

  8. Our Partners: They help with donations, resources and funds!! Baltimore Air Coil   Brian D. Bell Parkland College Outreach Coordinator bbell@parkland.edu 217-373-3872

  9. Our Class   Brian D. Bell Parkland College Outreach Coordinator bbell@parkland.edu 217-373-3872

  10. What we give   Brian D. Bell Parkland College Outreach Coordinator bbell@parkland.edu 217-373-3872

  11. How we help • Classroom style and one on one instruction. • Move clients into the future with knowledge of hardware, operating systems and applications. • From the last computer they used to the computer that’s coming out next month! • From Windows XP to Seven and Linux • From embedded applications to portable, open source, online, cloud and thinned. Bridge the gap, by catching people up to speed, and insist they keep that speed.

  12. Jeffrey Grenko 1957-2010 • Referred to Class by Unemployment Office • Developed resume in Google Docs and Office Live • Door to Door seeking job in career field as diesel mechanic. • Learned how to fill out applications online • Most currently learning how to download and edit job applications in PDF format, then email back to employer. • Describe frustrations…….   Brian D. Bell Parkland College Outreach Coordinator bbell@parkland.edu 217-373-3872

  13. I.T skills needed to fix diesel engines.   Brian D. Bell Parkland College Outreach Coordinator bbell@parkland.edu 217-373-3872

  14. Scanned certificates emailed to employers   Brian D. Bell Parkland College Outreach Coordinator bbell@parkland.edu 217-373-3872

  15. What have we learned? What is the order and degree of disparity? • Over 40 unemployed no computer at home (never had access to a machine) • Highest risk category. Urgency, Degree of Divide • Young adults • Central & Centennial example • ACCESS AT HOME AT EARLY AGE IS KEY……..   Brian D. Bell Parkland College Outreach Coordinator bbell@parkland.edu 217-373-3872

  16. What can we do about it • Continue to forge relationships with organizations and corporations who donate out of service machines. • Stress the importance of catching up and staying caught up with technology. • Telephone analogy. (PC in every home) • Is Poverty an excuse? • Sell relevance / importance of education • Create interest in technology • Power of flash drives, portable apps, online apps.   Brian D. Bell Parkland College Outreach Coordinator bbell@parkland.edu 217-373-3872

  17. Current Challenges • Employer expectations (What you need to do just to fill out an application) • Navigating online • Sending / receiving emails with attachments • Creating, downloading, editing PDF’s   Brian D. Bell Parkland College Outreach Coordinator bbell@parkland.edu 217-373-3872

  18. Real world example If your lucky the PDF will be a ‘form fill’ Digital Signature   Brian D. Bell Parkland College Outreach Coordinator bbell@parkland.edu 217-373-3872

  19. If you not lucky PDF application employers want magically edited, digitally signed and emailed.!!!!   Brian D. Bell Parkland College Outreach Coordinator bbell@parkland.edu 217-373-3872