WEST CHESTER—A local organization offering computer training programs will receive $45,000 in state grants to help job seekers improve their digital skills, State Senator Carolyn Comitta announced.
Full Circle Computing, an Exton-based company that offers IT and career training, will use the funds to teach digital literacy skills to job seekers, especially those without home access to computers or the internet. .
“In the modern workforce, digital skills and computer literacy are essential for career advancement and long-term career success,” Comitta said. “Ongoing investments like this will help bridge the digital divide and provide greater access to job opportunities in Chester County and Pennsylvania.”
The program, developed in conjunction with the Chester County Workforce Development Board, focuses on preparing Chester County’s most impacted populations for success in job search, finding job opportunities, digital citizenship and digital navigation. It also offers basic technology and PC skills, including Microsoft Office training.
While all residents of Chester County are eligible to participate, the program aims to prioritize affected residents, such as those in Coatesville and Oxford where the internet subscription rate is below the Pennsylvania average at 72 % and 66%.
The $45,000 grant to Full Circle is part of $600,000 in funding awarded to Pennsylvania organizations through the Department of Labor’s Digital Literacy and Workforce Development Grants Program and Industry of Pennsylvania. This program promotes digital literacy skills for job seekers, including the ability to search and apply for jobs online, upload and submit a resume via email, and the ability develop and maintain a professional profile on networking sites. It is supported by statewide activity funding from the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
“These investments are important because they break down the barriers between Pennsylvania workers and family jobs that require digital literacy skills to succeed,” said Jennifer Berrier, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. “Pennsylvania’s economy and employers compete globally, so it’s crucial that we develop Pennsylvania workers to be competitive at this level from day one in a new job.”
Founded in 1995, Full Circle has served over 1,000 clients in its history, providing clients with increased professional and technical skills that lead to better marketing, job placement and career progression. Placement salaries totaled over $30 million for Full Circle’s WIOA programs.