Closing the Technology Gap Within Rural Households

by Legacy Institute for Financial Education
Closing the Technology Gap Within Rural Households

2021 has begun with a bang as we have added a major component to our IT offering. Our organization had a pre-existing relationship with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). Through their Rural LISC department, they have created a Digital Navigator program that aims to assess client access to technology and baseline digital skills and advise on free or affordable home internet service options and sources of affordable computers or other internet-connected devices, helping clients more fully participate in their communities. This partnership allows us to build a targeted approach to closing the digital divide in the places most needed. 

We are excited about this new offering! We now have the resources to impact a much broader client base in a much more meaningful way. Your continued support is greatly appreciated!

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LIFE Tech and Partner Organization Goodwill
LIFE Tech and Partner Organization Goodwill

Just a few months ago, we began a journey that would aggressively pursue addressing the Digital Divide in East Texas which has manifested itself in unexpected (yet unsurprising) ways during the current pandemic. Households who are less fortunate have struggled to keep up with the demands of their jobs, ability to search for new jobs, and their children's academic requirements while also providing their own daycare as many commercial daycares have increased the risk, especially among parents. 

We have been unable to solve every problem, but we have provided internet to 3 households, computers to over 40 households, and we have four trainees in our CompTIA IT training certification program! This is all very exciting for us. We have also been approved by the United States' Department of Labor as a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) which will allow us the ability to grow our training program as we seek sustainability.

We are currently working on our summer youth Technology Camp for High School youth interested in IT. We will have a Middle School curriculum available as well to pique the interest of that age group.

There will be more great news coming in the next few months, so stay tuned!

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LIFE Tech Student with Instructor
LIFE Tech Student with Instructor

Greetings to all of our donors,

 

We are happy to announce that this project has taken off from the start! We have solidified strategic partnerships with our regional housing authority, other local community-based organizations, and suppliers. We have given away over 20 personal computers with no marketing expenses after receiving over 100 donations. However, the machines we receive are without hard drives and RAM which is our primary expense.

Unfortunately, the reason for this fast start is the current global COVID-19 pandemic which has forced students to learn from home as they socially distance themselves from other learners. In East Texas, many households are still without computers, and even more are without access to reliable internet. We have solutions to these problems!

We've been fortunate to meet Steve who is our second LIFE Tech trainee who has absolutely loved his time with us. He is a 20-year-old LIFE Tech IT trainee. He’s always been interested in technology, computers, & gaming. He says that this program is “perfect” & “amazing,” exceeding his expectations. Steven is currently pursuing his CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification, he says that he loves how much he’s learning each day so much that his mom commented, “I’ve never seen you so happy.” He enjoys working on technology with Dominique so much that he sometimes decides to come in early for fun. He hopes to land a specific IT role in the area & feels like he found his passion. This is what LIFE Tech is all about.

We hope to bring more stories such as Steven's to you in the future. Until then, stay tuned ...

LIFE Tech Student with Computers
LIFE Tech Student with Computers
LIFE Tech Student
LIFE Tech Student

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Legacy Institute for Financial Education

Location: Lufkin, TX - USA
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Joseph Ceasar
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Lufkin, TX United States
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