Tech training for the under-served is crucial to our society - economically, socially and politically. I have spent my entire career working toward digital equity. As we see each segment of our lives integrated into the online world, it is becoming more important for EVERYONE to not only have access to the internet but to know how to engage in online activities safely and productively.
CTCNeT is the national organization that has traditionally provided support to community technology centers (ie, nonprofits that provided tech training to the under-served). The initial focus for community technology centers was job training and teaching basic computer usage in low income communities. That evolved over time to include youth media, PC repair, online safety, online job searching, in home computer programs, IT support for nonprofits and online organizing. The target market expanded to include all technologically under-served communities, meaning not just low income but also senior citizens and the disabled.