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Techno-Women

Listing Last Update: May 9, 2016

Location

2209 Rosewood Ave.
Austin, TX 78702
www.austinfree.net

Primary Contact

Greg DeTomaso

(512) 236-8225 Ext:132

greg.detomaso@austinfree.net

Educational services

  • Reading and writing
  • How to use Computers/Technology
  • Volunteer at a Program

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer
  • Instruction in Spanish

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Program Overview

The Techno-Women Program objective is to educate and certify twenty single mothers, who earn below a living wage, in a 4-Tier, 7-month course that certifies students in CompTIA A+ and COMPTIA Network+ Certifications. The course begins with entry level instruction, and ends empowering students to build (and keep) their own computers. Graduation will be contingent on completing an internal internship (provided to the Students by AFN). AFN will then host a 2-week long career fair for the students. The Certifications gained in the program are a segue for graduates to get an entry level job in the IT sector (a job sector typically denied to single mothers who earn below livable wages).

Mission Statement

We exist to provide technology training and access to the community, fostering skills that enable people to succeed in a digital age.

Hours of operation: M-F 9-4pm

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

Jan Morgan is a single parent who lives in the Lakeside apartments: a living quarters subsidized by the housing authority of the city of Austin. Jan attendant both the Tech-Starters I and Tech-Starters II classes at Austin Free-Net. Both programs provide computer training in English and Spanish; targeting populations struggling towards employment. Jan attended 36 different training sessions, and gained 280 new skills (recorded in our tracking system) throughout her attendance in the Tech-Starter programs. Jan was the Vice President of the Lakeside Resident Council at the Lakeside apartments, and used her training to create a power point presentation for a council meeting. Jan was also able to create her own website after attending both programs. Jan told an AFN trainer how excited she was to both know and share the material that she learned, with her kids when she got home. Jan has always helped with AFN outreach efforts; she promotes the Tech Starter II program to other residents from different Housing Authorities.

Donald Tabor (in his 60's) never finished formal education, and had lost his job. He came to Austin Free-Net desperately seeking a job for him and his little baby girl. He told the trainers at AFN that he was looking for work, and that he was computer illiterate. The trainer showed Donald step by step how to find jobs online. After he was shown this process, he no longer worried about how to get on the computer to find job opportunities. He had a thirst for this knowledge in technology, and desired to become digitally literate. He set up an email account at AFN, and applied for a job at UT. He applied twice, and on the second application, he got the job. The job is pays enough to support his Child and Himself. Donald explains "Austin Free-Net was eager to help, and helped change my life...It [AFN] encouraged me to push further, so that now when I walk in to somewhere and see a computer, it's like ok, what can I do."

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

We strive to serve the underserved population in Austin, Texas

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Program Status:
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