Our first cohort graduated from the Digital Citizens Bootcamp. For 8 weeks, 23 students took an intensive course with one goal in mind, to close the digital divide. The Digital Divide is a gap between the way certain people use and access information technology & communication in their daily lives, including the skills to make use of those technologies within communities. The Digital Citizens program aims to close that gap for the Liberty City community in South Florida and beyond.
Many of our students reside in Liberty City, an area where access to a computer or other technology is very limited. Miami was ranked #15 for American cities with the most computer related jobs. To close this gap and meet the in-demand tech skills, we created the Digital Citizens Bootcamp with support from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Classes are held are in the heart of Liberty City at the D.A. Dorsey Technical Center. With the help of these two organizations, we were able to create jobs and close the Digital Divide.
These hardworking, motivated students were empowered to access and use technology in their lives. They learned the practical use of a variety of web-based tools and applications necessary for the Digital Economy.
Upon finishing the course, 90% of students considered themselves to be tech savvy.
As a capstone project, they applied their new knowledge to develop and enhance the online presence of local small businesses. Many of the students used this real world experience to help them matriculate into other technology programs and secure employment for tech jobs.
We are proud to announce the graduation and success of Cohort 1 from the program. We look forward to empowering more individuals, creating jobs and closing the Digital Divide.
For more information, please email Carlos@ETVFoundation.org.