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Dress for Success New Orleans in partnership with AARP Foundation has introduced a series of Digital Skills Ready@50+™ workshops that will focus on the digital essentials to help seniors find and secure a job, change careers, explore entrepreneurship, or just become more tech savvy in a digital world.
Older workers with more digital skills have significantly higher earnings than those with fewer skills. AARP Foundation, through a generous grant from Google.org, launched the Digital Skills Ready@50+™ Initiative to provide digital skills training to people over 50 living with low income, with a focus on women and people of color. However, the program is open to everyone and at no cost.
Although DFSNO serves women entering and returning to the workforce, the Digital Skills Ready @50+ is open to both men and women. “We are thrilled to add Digital Skills Ready’s valuable curriculum to our continuum of free services as technology is not just at work but a part of daily life. Digital skills can empower users to navigate this digital world more confidently.” said Lori Byargeon, Executive Director for Dress for Success New Orleans.
The world is changing fast and so is technology! Therefore, it is important to stand out in a competitive labor market and stay ahead of the curve by sharpening digital skills. The curriculum by Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) offers foundational digital courses, like Computer Basics and Workplace Productivity. Additional topics will range from Finding Information Online to Using Job Search Engines.
Sessions are taking place now through November 15th. Included is the complete schedule and description of upcoming sessions.
Participants can attend in person at DFSNO’s Capital One Career Center located at 1700 Josephine Street, Suite 101 or participate virtually via zoom. Registration at dfsneworleans.org is required for all participants. Following the session, the participants will have additional hands-on training with the in-class instructor, followed by a complimentary personal suiting with a DFSNO stylist for those women interested.
Dress for Success New Orleans is a local nonprofit organization, volunteer driven organization that works with over 50 New Orleans agencies to identify women who, with a hand up, not a handout, can gain employment and economic independence. Through tailored programs and a continuum of services, DFSNO serves hundreds of women annually as they transition from being unemployed and searching, to recently. Visit http://www.dfsneworleans.org for more information.