successful Neighborhood Networks center is one that effectively
meets the needs of residents and community members. While each Neighborhood
Networks center is unique, center programs often include:
access and/or open lab time. Schedule hours during the day and
evening to offer residents access to technology. As a general rule,
there should be at least one staff member or volunteer for every
Workforce development and job preparation. A comprehensive
job-training program requires instructors who have the experience
and qualifications needed to conduct the classes. Job-skills training
include basic computer literacy, keyboard skills, word processing,
graphics applications, spreadsheets, and databases. Job-search activities
include resume writing, interviewing skills, and job hunting.
education. Classroom or tutorial space for non-computer-based
learning and qualified instructors are required to offer structured
classes. Partnerships are invaluable when it comes to adult learning.
education generally includes:
|| General Educational Development (GED) exam preparation
||English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. |
||Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes. |
||Lifelong learning opportunities. |
||Basic computer training. |
activities. Such activities can be structured for different
age groups or offered as open lab time for youth. In addition to
learning basic computer skills, youth may enjoy educational software,
games, surfing the Internet, multimedia publishing, and music making.
services. Seniors often prefer to learn about computers in classes
made up of other seniors. Offering seniors-only courses or one-on-one
training may go a long way to helping them feel comfortable at the
center and return to it.
and family programs. These programs allow parents and young
children to explore drawing, animation, and educational software.
Plan an introductory session or two for the adults.