Money for Digital Literacy Training

Microsoft Corporation is giving its largest donation ever to the City of Houston and the Houston Public Library. The $4.5 million dollar grant will support digital literacy and job readiness classes for Houstonians young and old who are looking for work. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports.

Looking for a job?  Looking for some new computer skills or resume savvy? Look no further than the Houston Public Library. Microsoft's donation will support the Library's WeCan Works Program, which will offer training in computer literacy and job readiness, GED programs, and career counseling.

Mayor Bill White says these skills are crucial for Houstonians hoping to get ahead in the global economy.

"There is no bigger task and more important task of any community anywhere on this globe than preparing citizens to compete and win in the global economy.  And doing that increasingly means people have access to digital resources and they're comfortable with the use of the digital resources."

The program will partner with HISD, Houston Community College, Workforce Solutions and the Greater Houston Partnership to reach out to high schoolers as well as adults who want to be better prepared for the workforce.

Tamedra Williams already has big plans for her new technology skills.  Williams wants to create a website for her small catering business, so she can market her banana pudding and other Southern comfort food.

"I'd like to be able to see all of my products all over the U.S. and international, and I think that through the internet, that would be possible.  And I could probably do it from home"

For more information, visit the Wireless Empowered Community Access Network web site, or WeCan Works, or the Houston Library-dot-com.

From the KUHF NewsLab, I'm Melissa Galvez.