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<<Mission Blog Home Posted: 03-09-2015

Technology Learning for the 21st Century

Now that the 21st century is an old hat to us all we take for granted how dependent we are on technology like the computer. This is especially true in the work place. The job candidates that enroll in our programs are often deficient in basic computer skills. We’re not talking about being able to find the latest cat video on YouTube. Our focus is to help these individuals up their game with regards to tools like the Microsoft Office suite of applications.

You would be hard pressed to find any business or industry that does not use these programs. And, while applications like Word are relatively easy to master it takes time to understand and become fluent in Excel or Power Point. The lack of knowledge or skills in this area can seriously dampen a job prospect’s opportunities.

This is why the Workforce Development team at Goodwill of Greater Washington utilizes the GFC Learn Free program as an important learning resource. This is a program sponsored by the Goodwill Community Foundation and Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina. It is a free, on-line school, of sorts, that allows individuals to learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century.

Among the many programs that GCF Learn Free offers are tutorials in all the Microsoft Office programs. These programs are available 24 hours a day and allow those in search of knowledge the opportunity to learn at their own pace.

Whether someone is a beginner or just needs a refresher course, GCF Learn Free has the available knowledge base. The courses are laid out in an easy to follow format and feature slide shows, videos and screen shots that make the lessons come to life. And, unlike regular schools, there are no books to buy and no homework. This information is freely available for people who want to improve themselves.

We strongly urge all of our candidates to participate. Our approach is to create a well-rounded future employee. One that has a wide range of marketable skills, can adapt to a changing work environment, and is prepared for professional growth.

We encourage you to check out GFC Learn Free for yourself. They have over 125 educational programs and, who knows, you may pick up a thing or two for yourself.

Visit GFC Learn Free

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This article was written by: Steve Allan

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