Fundamental Computer Course Supports Skagit County Latino Entrepreneurs

Monday, July 30, 2018

On May 26, thirty-six Skagit County participants graduated from the Basic and Intermediate Computer Course for Latinos, an innovative business preparedness course coordinated in partnership by Skagit Valley College, the Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC), and EDASC's Latino Business Retention and Expansion Program.  These classes, which were held at Skagit Valley College across eight Saturdays, provided students from Skagit County's Latino community with a solid foundation in fundamental computer skills--including operating Microsoft Office Software utilizing databases, spreadsheets, word processing, PowerPoint, and an introduction to the Internet--within a Spanish language environment while using English as the computer language. 

This basic business course provided much needed knowledge for the participants, many of whom are already operating businesses and farms in Skagit County.  It provided a solid foundation in basic computer concepts, motived participants to continue with their education, to open a business, feel more confident in applying or searching for work opportunities, and experience the pride in achieving computer competency when they thought they could not.  Latino farmers who have graduated from the class are now using social media to market their products, and business owners have become more confident and efficient in the use of technology.  Many students are now motivated to begin or continue with their college education, and their success in subject matter sometimes perceived as insurmountable is having ripple effects, not only for the students themselves, but also in motivating their families and friends.

Diana Morelli-Klima, EDASC's Director of Latino Business Retention and Expansion, said that "One of the students made a comment to me that I thought was especially significant.  She said she had thought she was too old to learn, but instead she turned out to be the best in the class.  Her two sons were so impressed with her success that they decided to attend college too and had just registered. When I asked her how old she was, she said 32.  Just to think, that anyone would believe she was too old to learn at the age of 32!"
 
For more information, contact Diana Morelli-Klima at diana@skagit.org.

Media Coverage of the Basic and Intermediate Computer Course

Category: Education, workforce training, Latinos