Individuals returning to their communities after involvement with the criminal legal system are navigating a rapidly changing world, requiring new skills for employment. In today’s business landscape, the internet plays a critical role, especially as the world has shifted largely to remote work post-Covid-19. However, many who have been incarcerated lack experience with the internet. A 2013 study revealed that only 22% of Americans in prison had used a computer.
The absence of technological know-how poses a significant challenge for those reintegrating into society after incarceration. Without fundamental tech skills, securing a job becomes difficult, particularly in roles that heavily rely on computer use. This is where Tech 101 comes in – a foundational course that assists individuals in learning essential skills and building confidence for the current job market and future educational pursuits.
Excitingly, we’re introducing Tech 201! The Institute will offer a Tech 201 course to students who have the basic skills in computer literacy and are seeking to advance their computer software skills. These students have already identified computer software needs to grow in their current job position or future job opportunities. Individual modules will be created throughout the year for these students through our NorthStar software and individual one-on-one assistance will be provided. Examples of software training opportunities are Excel, PowerPoint, Office 365 suite, and more – empowering individuals to advance their skills and flourish in their current or future employment.
For more information, please contact us at JustOppInfo@jjay.cuny.edu.