Basic Computer Skills Program Helps Homeless Moms and Kids plus Garfield area residents
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Primo Center for Women and Children
4241 W. Washington Street, Chicago, IL
The Primo Center/Digital Divide Basic Computer Program will graduate its 150th student during ceremonies Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 6 P.M. at the Primo Center for Women and Children (â€œPCWCâ€) located at 4241 West Washington Street in Chicago.
The Summer 2007 graduating class of thirty students will push the two-year old program above 150 people that have been helped by the six-week sessions that are held in the centerâ€™s Community Technology Lab. Thursdayâ€™s 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.
â€œWhat makes this program different is that it not only provides basic computer skills to families living in the shelter, but also to residents in the Austin and West Garfield neighborhoods,â€ said Dollie Williams, Executive Director of Primo Center for Women and Children.
â€œThe Digital Divide Program is something weâ€™re very proud of,â€ said L. Heather Mitchell, Board President of the Primo Center for Women and Children. â€œNot only does the program provide job training skills to the centerâ€™s residents, but it allows us are reach out into our community to help individuals who wouldnâ€™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.â€