The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee offers digital literacy training at Neighborhood Network Centers across six of its housing communities. Each Neighborhood Network Center offers a variety of computer skills and workforce development classes including GED preparation, computer basics, Microsoft Office® productivity software fundamentals, homework help, and online job search techniques. In addition, the centers provide residents with free access to state-of-the-art computers and Internet.
The impact of these centers can be felt across multiple housing communities. Aelicia Patterson received her GED and won a Founder’s Fund Award from Milwaukee Achiever’s for a photography business that she started on after developing computers skills from training provided by the Cherry Court Neighborhood Networks lab. Eric Griffin moved to Milwaukee from Alabama after Hurricane Katrina. After improving his computer skills at the Cherry Court Neighborhood Networks Center, Mr. Griffin gained adminision as a Biotechnology student at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Shalaya Morehouse started coming to Carver Park Neighborhood Network Center five years ago. Her initial visit was to improve her computers skills so she could get a job. After taking computer courses in Microsoft Office® software and website design, Ms. Morehouse was able to obtain an Associate’s degree in Human Services from Milwaukee Area Technical College.
All of these programs are made possible by funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.