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This volunteer position entails teaching computer skills two evenings a week; one evening, a basic course and the other, an intermediate course. Each class lasts one-and-a-half hours. Currently these courses have been offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:00 P.M.-7:30 P.M., but they can be held from as early as 5:00 P.M. and up to as late as 8:00 P.M. The Basic course includes introduction to the computer, introduction to Windows, and introduction to the internet. The Intermediate course continues instruction on the internet, introduction to Microsoft Word and introduction to Excel. There are some reference materials available, but the instructor is free to structure each course how he/she sees fit as to best meet the needs of the students.
As most of our students are Hispanic, with some just starting to learn English, the volunteer for this position needs to understand basic Spanish and be able to communicate in Spanish.
449 S 6th Street, Reading, PA 19607, US
The Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, committed to their call to live the Gospel, established the Mother Veronica Resource Center in response to requests for assistance from Reading area immigrants. By providing various classes, tutoring and educational and social services resources for them and for all Reading area adults who come seeking a better way forward, the Center strives to improve the quality of their lives and enhance our community.
History: In 1894 four Bernardine Franciscan Sisters migrated from Poland to the United States with Mother Veronica Grzedowska as the leader of the group. They were immigrants coming to a new country to work with and for other immigrants. Reading, PA was where they established their first permanent home and ministry. Throughout the years, the Sisters have cared for and responded to the requests of people in many countries and cultures. It is in this spirit that they established the Mother Veronica Resource Center in response to the requests of newcomers to our community.
Programs: English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, General Education Development (GED) preparation classes (Language Arts, Mathematics in English, Spanish), Citizenship preparation classes, Computer classes, Adult Basic Education (ABE) and GED tutoring
Goals: 1. Impart a basic knowledge of English so that adult students can: improve their quality of life; provide better for their families through education and work opportunities; advocate for themselves in schools, hospitals, jobs, etc.; and pass the Naturalization Test;
2. Help adult students prepare to take the GED Test -- in addition to classes and tutoring, making access to online instructional programs available; 3. Offer preparation classes for the Naturalization Test; 4. Facilitate the attainment of computer skills; and 5. Provide resources to inform clients of available services and opportunities.
We'll work with your schedule.
449 S 6th StreetReading, PA 19602
May 16, 2020