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Free Basic Computer Skills Lab at Illinois workNet

Free training on how to operate a computer, search web, more

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Parkland College Adult Education will host free computer skills training classes for those with little or no knowledge of how to operate a computer or use this technology in daily life.

The Basic Computer Skills Lab will take place Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Illinois workNet, 1307 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign, starting mid-April. A skilled instructor will guide participants through basic computer activities, from turning on the computer and operating the mouse to performing keyboard functions and conducting web searches. These classes have been developed in response to requests from community members and the trend of employers to turn online for their hiring needs.

For more information or to sign up for this lab, please contact Parkland Adult Education at 217/351-2580.
 

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast April 13

Event to celebrate National Volunteer Week, thank community volunteers

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To celebrate National Volunteer Week (April 7-13), Parkland College's Project READ and the Center for Community Engagement will host a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m. in Room C134 on the Parkland campus.

"The breakfast is designed to express our gratitude for the kind service of the Parkland volunteers who make a positive impact in our community," said Amanda Harris, program manager for Project READ. "We invite the adult volunteer literacy tutors of Project READ, the volunteers of the Garden Hills Homework Club, the Alternative Spring Break volunteers who are heading for Flint Michigan, our Wesley Food Pantry volunteers, and all of the volunteer participants in our Parkland community." 

Project READ currently serves 250 adult learners in District 505, with 56 certified tutors assisting in the field. To become a project READ volunteer, visit parkland.edu/Main/Academics/Departments/Adult-Education/Literacy-Services-Project-READ.

For a list of the volunteer opportunities offered at the Center of Community Engagement, visit parkland.edu/Audience/Current-Students/Service-Learning.

Salt & Light New Site for Adult Basic Education Classes

Free GED, literacy, job-prep skill classes, Monday, Wednesdays, Fridays

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Parkland College Adult Education is now partnering with Salt & Light Ministries to offer a new district site in Urbana.

Learners seeking to earn their GED or improve literacy and job preparation skills may attend free classes beginning Feb. 11 at the Urbana Salt & Light location, 1819 S. Philo Road. Classes will meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. This expansion of services will allow more students to be served by bringing educational opportunities into their community.

Salt & Light is committed to fighting poverty with opportunities that empower people for lasting change, according to Terry Austira, the organization's director of education.

"Every individual has skills, gifts, and abilities that, when capitalized on, can impact their life, family, and community," Austira said. "Through further training and education, such as that provided by Parkland Adult Education, opportunities are provided to reach a person's potential producing lasting change."

Contact Parkland College Adult Education at 217/351-2580 to learn more about these opportunities or sign up for classes.

Adult Literacy Tutors Needed: Project READ Orientation Feb. 2

Expanding adult education services across District 505

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The Project READ literacy program, offered through Parkland Adult Education, is now accepting volunteer tutors.

Project READ will offer a tutor training session on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Moyer District Library in Gibson City. Attendees will learn more about the program that helps adults improve their basic reading, writing, math, and English language skills.

Project READ volunteer tutors work one-on-one with adult learners and may also assist in English as a Second Language and GED prep classes in the Adult Education department. Many of our tutors and learners are adults age 18 to 80. A two-hour/week commitment is all that is needed to help people improve their lives and the lives of their families.

Registration is necessary to attend the training session. To register, please call Project READ at 217/353-2662 or email projectREAD@parkland.edu by Jan. 31.

Parent Lab to Improve Assistance with School Subjects

Info session for Unit 4 parents Jan. 28, 6 p.m., Douglass Branch Library

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Area residents can increase their ability to help their kids and grandkids with school subjects through a new initiative from Parkland Adult Education's Project READ program, the Champaign Public Library's Douglass Branch and Champaign Unit 4 Schools.

An information session on the new Parent Lab will be held for interested Unit 4 parents Monday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at CPL's Douglass Branch.
 
In the Parent Lab, participants will work with tutors to familiarize themselves with the important skills and content that their kids and grandkids are doing at school. The primary areas are math and reading for all subjects. On the second Mondays of the month, participating parents will visit the Douglass Branch for special sessions using educational technology, research tools, career development tools, and other library resources particularly helpful to families.

The Parent Lab will run from Feb. 4 to May 20 on Monday evenings at the Booker T. Washington School library. A light meal, provided at 5:30 p.m., and childcare will be provided for families at every session.
 
Project READ will be offering tutor training sessions for the Parent Lab initiative and its other tutoring opportunities on the following days and times:

  • Monday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 26 at 9  a.m.,
  • Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. 

For more information on the Parent Lab or on becoming a trained tutor, contact Project READ at ProjectREAD@parkland.edu.

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