Valley residents can get free computer skills

Valley residents can get free computer skills

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  • A $135,000 state grant was awarded to the CSIU to construct four computer laboratories in Milton, Lewisburg, New Columbia, and Bloomsburg, where a trainer would be available to teach or assist users on laptop computers.

  • Residents of the Valley are encouraged to enrol in a free yearlong programme sponsored by the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit for anyone who need to enhance their computer skills or just require access to technology (CSIU).

“The COVID pandemic drove home the realization about the importance of technology,” said Mary Mingle, adult education and digital literacy program manager at the CSIU. “Employers say that many workers are lacking basic computer skills. It’s been our experience that majority of folks who need services don’t have laptops or desk computers.”

Most people on average in the U.S. can correctly answer questions about topics like phishing scams or website cookies, but they struggled with some other topics, like two-factor authentication.

A 2019 poll by the Pew Research Center showed that the majority of U.S. adults can answer fewer than half the questions correctly on a digital knowledge quiz. Many struggled with certain cybersecurity and privacy questions, researchers said.

“Just 28% of adults can identify an example of two-factor authentication — one of the most important ways experts say people can protect their personal information on sensitive accounts,” researchers reported.

According to the report, 24% of Americans knew private browsing only hides browser history from other users of that computer. About half of respondents, 49%, said they were unsure what private browsing does.

In addition to providing formal computer training in person and online with an opportunity to earn a certificate, participants will be shown what sites to avoid, how to find reliable information on the Internet and how to monitor a child’s use of the technology, help individuals use the computer for job searches, resume writing, interviews and other uses.

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