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DIGITAL SKILLS READY@50+ PROGRAM

WHATFree computer classes and technology skills training for seniors with low incomes.
WHYTo help older adults especially women and people of color receive basic technology and digital literacy skills to assist in gaining employment and financial stability.
WHEREDigital Skills Ready@50+ Program.
AARP Foundation.
Older Adults Technology Services (OATS).
Grant from Google.org
Across the USA.


Program Description


“Our goal is simple but pressing: Help older adults get the basic technology and digital literacy skills they need to land good jobs that lead to long-term financial stability.”

“According to a report the Urban Institute released near the end of last year, the digital skills of older workers lag behind those of workers under age 50 in nearly all occupations. The gaps are particularly large among clerical support workers; business and administrative professionals; and legal, social and cultural professionals. Among older Americans, the skills of people of color tend to lag behind those of white people, women tend to have less-advanced skills than men, and rural residents tend to have less-advanced skills than urban dwellers.”

“Offering vulnerable older adults critical technology skills training can further close the digital divide, help build economic security and resilience, and help people live independently as they age.”
-aarp.org


The Digital Skills Ready@50+ curriculum focuses on digital skills related to workforce, job search, entrepreneurship such as:

  • Workplace Essentials (Google Workspace, Chrome Basics)
  • Remote Work Basics (Getting Started/Hosting on Zoom)
  • Job Readiness (LinkedIn Basics)
  • Tools for Aspiring Entrepreneurs (Payment Systems, Social Media)
  • How to use Online Job Search and Networking Tools
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Crowdfunding
  • Mobile Payment Services
  • Graphic Design
  • Affordable Connectivity Program
  • Getting Started with LinkedIn
  • Getting Started with Venmo
  • Gmail Tips & Tricks
  • Getting Started with Zoom
  • Hosting a Zoom Meeting
  • Staying Safe Online
  • Using Fact-Checking Sites
  • Android Essentials
  • Chrome Essentials
  • iPad Essentials
  • Intro to Managing Your Privacy
  • Social Media for Job Searches
  • Protecting your Personal Info Online
  • Video Chat
  • Cloud Storage
  • Online Health and Prescription Drug Resources also available

Older adults can receive technology training in the following ways:

Lectures and presentations (1 hr)
Workshops (75 min)
Multiweek sessions typically two times per week ( 75 min) for two or five weeks.

Community organizations who would like to provide technology training and classes for older adults are encouraged to apply to the program.
source: aarp.org

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