ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The St. Louis-based OASIS Institute on Friday received a $625,000 contribution from AT&T to expand its Connections technology training program in 2011-12.
The donation will enable the national education organization to expand workforce skills training for adults age 50-plus, support national instructor training, e-learning and certification, and equip thousands of adults with the ability to effectively use technology.
The expansion will include training in St. Louis and 17 other cities.
The U.S. Labor Department estimates that 4.2 million people age 55 and older were unemployed in August 2011, the highest rate for that particular age group in six decades.
Patricia Young says when she was forced to reenter the job market, she found out the hard way that roughly three out of every four businesses today require the use of a computer simply to submit a resume.
“I didn’t know anything about the computer,” she says. “I didn’t even know how to start it.”
She’s among those 50 and older who’ve been attending Connections courses at the Monsanto Family YMCA on Page Boulevard, where they learn basic computer, internet and email skills, workplace applications including World, Excel and Powerpoint, and social networking.
“Thanks to AT&T, we will be able to reach as many as 11,000 older adults across the country and help them build their technological skills and confidence,” according to Cindy Brinkley, who chairs the Board of Director for the OASIS Institute. “Some of them may take the classes simply to learn how to stay in touch with friends and family, but more are turning to Connections to help them update their job skills.”
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