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Goodwill Provides Free Digital Literacy Classes To Residents

Residents can learn digital literacy at Cookeville’s Goodwill Career Solutions.

Certifications and Learning Management Systems Coordinator Jim Barry said the Career center provides this free class each month.

“We’re providing the digital literacy classes and free computer training for individuals who lack skills and confidence with basic computer skills, keyboarding, internet usage, and emails. What we find is that the majority of employers out there require basic computer skills,” Barry said.

The Career Solutions center also offer classes for Microsoft Office, G Suite, and Google applications.

Barry said the classes are open to anyone who doesn’t have any digital experience or has an interest in improving their digital capabilities.

“We do provide services to persons who have disabilities or any others who have some type of disadvantaging condition, some barrier to employment,” Barry said. “That could be anybody from being chronically unemployed, maybe they’re a dislocated worker; formerly incarcerated; welfare recipient; and maybe even some barriers could even be advanced age.”

Cookeville’s Goodwill Career Solutions has been plugging individuals into finding jobs and future careers for about 10 years Barry said.

“Our mission is we want to really change lives through education training and employment. We believe in helping helping individuals not just get a job, but give them the skills to get a better job and even beyond that a career. So connecting them more even with up scaling type of job that could lead them into a trade,” Barry said.

The Career center will host a Microsoft Office and G-Suite training Feb. 21 and 22. Their next basic digital literacy class is March 12.