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Digital Skills Boot Camp Aims to Improve Digital Literacy in Ohio

The Plains, OH (November 21, 2019) – Digital Works, a program of Connected Nation, took its technology and client-service training program to Athens County, Ohio, a few weeks ago to host a free digital skills boot camp to improve basic digital literacy among its participants. The training was held at the OhioMeansJobs (Athens County) facility and was made possible thanks to funding from AT&T Ohio.

The class kicked off on Nov. 4 with seven trainees. As the week progressed and word spread, the program gained three additional participants. Digital Works Screenshot 267 243x300Operations Manager and Instructor Tammy Spring administered the class and created the syllabus.

This training focused on computer, internet, email, and Microsoft Word basic skills that trainees could use to apply for remote and work-from-home jobs.

“Digital Works BDL has been quite the crash course. It has been a fun and eccentric experience, and our instructor made it all worthwhile!” said class participant Samantha T. “I can honestly say that I did not know what I was coming into when I first signed up… but I am leaving with refreshed computer skills as well as a few new skills that I picked up along the way. With this knowledge I plan on pursuing a new career!”

The trainees took two assessment tests over five days – one at the beginning and one at the end to gauge the program’s effectiveness. The class’s average test score increased by 12 percent and each participant improved their individual scores. Once the class was finished, Digital Works and Connected Nation presented each participant with a certificate of completion.

“The class has been very informative and helpful. It has helped me with typing and learning new things about working from home!” said Clarissa S. “I do hope in the future that a full class will be available for those in Athens, Ohio, area.”

“AT&T is committed to fostering solutions that lead to school success and career readiness, especially for underserved and underrepresented populations,” said B.J. Smith, external affairs director, AT&T Ohio. “We were thrilled to collaborate with Digital Works on this project and provide access to the technology skills that people need to get and keep good jobs.”

For those still interested in taking the course, you are in luck! Digital Works is working on facilitating one more boot camp in early 2020. Visit and click on the “Learn More” box. Choose DW Boot Camps from the drop-down menu and complete the online web application to get started. Someone from DW will contact you to confirm your seat in class.

More about Digital Works

Digital Works℠, a program of Connected Nation, connects people to leading-edge customer support and IT jobs for global corporations by providing training, mentorship, and job placement assistance, as well as the opportunity for advanced careers.