Computer classes seem to be brimming with stories lately, and we couldn’t help wanting to share our excitement! Here are just a few:
Miguel, a welder and one of the Beginner Computer Class students, had never touched a computer before he came to the Chavez Center. “Computers were intimidating to me before, but now that I’ve started classes I’m not afraid anymore.” This new spirit of confidence and determination caused him to go home and look around on the family computer. To his surprise, it had all of the Microsoft Office programs he had been learning about. Not really knowing what he was doing, he opened up Publisher and started exploring. Soon enough he had inserted text, images, and successfully created a business card for himself. Elba Velasquez, Technology Empowerment Program Manager, explains, “Now that he’s not afraid of computers anymore, he has this fabulous curiosity combined with the confidence that will enable him to do anything. I’m really happy with the remarkable progress he has already made.”
Arturo, an intermediate computer student, had been working for a company doing manual labor for some time. But just last week an exciting change happened. Noticing the hard work that Arturo had been putting in, his boss gave him a promotion. Now Arturo works for a higher wage in an office where he puts his computer skills to good use. "He is really noticing the changes he can have in his life with hard work," commented Program Manager Elba. Staff has also noticed how Arturo has become a lot more self-assured in class and is no longer the quiet, reserved student he once was.
In the beginner class Adela put into practice her new skills in a very critical moment. With her family back in Peru facing legal issues, she was put in a situation where she needed to get documents to the Peruvian embassy in San Francisco urgently. Even though she has been learning computer for just three months, these skills suddenly became vital to helping her family. All on her own, Adela was able to prepare and save documents and send attachments to the embassy. Once signed and legally processed, she’ll travel to Peru to see her family, and will hand deliver the document, which will resolve the problem. What amazing timing for such key skills!
The Chavez Center is proud to see such rapid progress in the Technology students. Each day lives are being changed for the better through the fresh outlook on life these new skills and confidence bring. This empowerment is transforming the students’ families and the broader community, and we are very thankful to the many people who make it possible through volunteering, donations, partnerships, and spreading the word about what the Chavez Center!