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While Internet use is growing nationwide, Illinois ranks only 33 among the 50 states in percentage of households with a computer and 38 in percentage of households with Internet access.
Increasingly, the need for basic computer skills and access to the Internet is imperative to everyone's success. People are performing more day-to-day functions on the Internet, including research, email, shopping, banking and employment searches. Our citizens with little or no access to technology find themselves at a great disadvantage in functioning in our society.Our mission is to provide basic computer literacy and Internet access to anyone who has the need or the desire.
Computer Access for All
Centrally located near downtown Aurora, the Aurora Community Technology Center (ACTC) provides free computer classes and open computer lab hours to residents who otherwise would have limited access to technology. Funding for the ACTC was secured by Waubonsee Community College, Career Services Center, through the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's Eliminate the Digital Divide Grant.
Free classes in basic computer skills are taught by a bilingual (Spanish and English) instructor. Topics include computer technology, working with a mouse, exploring the Internet and working with documents. Practice times and exercises are scheduled with the instructor available to help.
Free Internet Access
Community members can improve their skills, practice reading and speaking English or write letters during open computer lab hours. Internet access is available to send and receive email messages, search for employment and apply on-line. Personal assistance is provided by volunteers in the community, who monitor the center and assist technology instructors. Friendly, helpful people with basic computer skills are needed to make this program a success. No reservations are needed to use the computer during open lab hours, but you must be at least 16 years old.
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