NORRISTOWN, PA — Montgomery County’s Department of Commerce announced that MontcoWorks, Montgomery County’s local workforce development board, recently received $45,000 in grant funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to support continued digital literacy efforts in the County.
This award will be used in collaboration with Full Circle Computing to support four cohorts of foundational digital literacy programming. Consisting of three-week sessions, these cohorts focus on the platforms and applications necessary for a successful job search.
This is the second round of Digital Literacy grant funding for MontcoWorks and Full Circle. In the past year, the grant-funded sessions supported over 40 career seekers from across the County through comprehensive digital literacy programming. There is no cost to participate and career seekers can receive a Microsoft Office Specialist certificate at the end of the session.
Susan Clauser, director of adult education and MontcoWorks board member, arranged a session at Keystone Opportunity Center in Souderton, Pennsylvania earlier this year after receiving several requests for basic computer classes in the community.
“In a world where digital literacy skills are a necessity, the Full Circle’s three-week course built not only the skills and confidence of the participants, but also opened doors to better employment and training opportunities in the future,” Clauser said.
The digital literacy initiative is just one of many services administered by MontcoWorks through PA CareerLink® Montgomery County. Career seekers are invited to visit in person or online to learn about intermediate computer skills workshops, career readiness and advancement support, and other training opportunities.