The Computer Literacy class is taught in Spanish and designed as an introduction to basic computer use. The class covers topics such as accessing the Internet, using email, and word processing basics. Each 6 month course offers levels Beginning and Intermediate, where students advance from learning to operate computers to navigating the Internet and using Office. The program’s curriculum aims to draw from student needs and interests to provide the context for teaching different computer skills. Examples of this include social networking to remain connected to friends and family in home countries, submitting job applications online, and posting ads for independent work.
Classes are held in CIELO’s downstairs computer lab once a week during the evening.
History of Program:
CIELO’s Computer Literacy Program first started in September of 2007, after the computer lab was installed and volunteers responded to a need for computer literacy classes in Spanish. The Spanish language program remains powered by volunteers and is made up by approximately 10 students each quarter.
Computer Literacy Coordinator:
Stefanie Gottschalk Huerta, Program Coordinator
The computer lab was originally set up with the donation of computers from the Literacy Network of Thurston County which was folding. Upgrades to the computers have been made through generous donations from A+ Free Computer Recycling. In 2012, the Chehalis Indian Tribe donated 8 improved computers. The Computer Lab is also used by the Spanish Literacy Program.