Primo Center for Women an Children Teaching Computer Skills To West Garfield Neighborhood Residents

Primo Center for Women and Children Holds Graduation Ceremony for Digital Divide Program.

June 1, 2006 – The Primo Center for Women and Children (PCWC) at 4241 West Washington Street continues to “break the mold” of how a homeless shelter operates.

On Thursday June 22, 2006, PCWC will hold graduation ceremonies for 70 students from its Digital Divide Program held in the center’s Community Technology Lab at Independence SDA Church located at 3808 West Polk Street in Chicago. The graduation ceremony will begin at 6 P.M.

The six-week program provides basic computer skills to families living in the shelter, and also to residents in the Austin and West Garfield neighborhoods. Fifteen of the graduates are children from the Primo Center for Women and Children. PCWC began offering the computer classes in the fall of 2005.

“The Digital Divide Program is something we’re very proud of,” said L. Heather Mitchell, Board President of the Primo Center for Women and Children. “Not only does the program provide job training skills to the center’s residents, but we are reaching out to our community to help individuals who wouldn’t normally be able to afford this type of training.”

“As a homeless shelter, we believe that homelessness can be prevented if we take the time to give real job skills to people before their needs become too desperate,” added Mitchell

The graduation ceremonies will feature students in traditional caps and gowns provided by the Primo Center for Women and Children. Funding for the Digital Divide Program came via grants from the Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity and the Illinois Department of Education.