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UCR’s Community Digital Initiative Launches After-School Computer Workshops

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UCR’s Community Digital Initiative Launches After-School Computer Workshops
UCR’s Community Digital Initiative Launches After-School Computer Workshops
(March 25, 2004)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) The University of California, Riverside’s Community Digital Initiative (CDI) is accepting applications at 3:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays for a new series of after-school Computer Youth Training Workshops at the CDI Lab, 1150 University Ave., Highlander Hall, building B, suite 209. The classes are designed for teens and adults ages 14-24 interested in multimedia production, basic computers and employment enrichment training.

For details, call CDI Instructors at (909) 787-3852 or (909) 787-2196; or visit the Community Digital Initiative Web site. Cost is free to residents of Riverside’s Eastside.

The CDI Project is part of the Ernesto Galarza Applied Research Center and its Communities for Virtual Research Section, which works with CLNet and several other community partners. The CDI Project has established and maintains a community computing center at Highlander Hall to target the underserved communities of Riverside’s Eastside. The CDI Project provides access to computer technology, training, research methods, and a series of employment services designed specifically for youth, young adults and the general public.
It also serves as technological resource to community organizations and the greater community.

CDI Instructors, Jacalyn Lopez Garcia and Alfonso Taboada will present an overview of the workshops and will interview the students (a requirement for participation in the program). Enrollment is limited to 12 to 14 students. Parents of minor students (under 18 years of age) must be present for their child’s enrollment.

Basic computer workshops cover how to write letters, prepare a resume, produce spreadsheets, set up and use email accounts, and conduct research on the Internet for school assignments. Learning to create graphic designs, computer art, Web sites and multimedia projects will involve training in writing for multimedia, doing digital photography, video and sound production. Other workshops include job readiness training and mock interviews.

No prior experience is necessary but a general knowledge of computers and the Internet is desirable. All workshops are designed for hands-on learning and will be conducted in the CDI Windows and Macintosh computer lab.

Parking restrictions on the UC Riverside campus are enforced so call to confirm attendance and to secure a parking permit.

For more parking information, contact the Office of Traffic and Parking Services at (909) 787-4395 or visit the parking Web site.

Related Links:
  • Ernesto Galarza Applied Research Center
  • Additional Contacts:
  • Jacalyn Lopez Garcia
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