New Empower Training Site Opens in North Austin

(Reprinted from The Point, A bi-monthly publication from Skillpoint Alliance. Contact Skillpoint at 323-6773 x122 for orientation schedule and registration for free fall computer classes.)

The Empower Computer Literacy Program, formerly known as Community Technology Training Centers, has opened a new location to enable more residents in North Austin to take advantage of its Microsoft Office, Internet, Document Creation, Database Design and other digital literacy classes.

The Housing Authority of the City of Austin’s Georgian Manor, located at 110 Bolles Cir., has offered classes all summer and will continue with its class offerings this fall.

Kim Stewart, one of the first Empower students at the new site, said her Empower classes were “well worth it,” adding that they helped “not only with skills, but with self-esteem.”

Angela Castilleja, the Workforce Development manager and ROSS service coordinator for the Housing Authority, was instrumental in bringing the Empower classes to the new location.

“Often transportation is a challenge for residents to participate in various programs within the community, however, the collaboration between [the Housing Authority] and Skillpoint Alliance has removed that obstacle,” Castilleja said. “We are confident that many [Georgian Manor] residents will take advantage of this program and obtain those important computer skills needed in today’s workforce.”

This fall will be a busy season for the Empower program. Along with the new name and new location, Empower will offer beginner and intermediate classes at Travis High School and Georgian Manor, morning beginner classes at the downtown lab and a series of bilingual Spanish/English parent workshop computer classes offered through the Mobile Learning Center located at Mendez Middle School.

Contact Skillpoint at 512-323-6773, Ext. 122 or CTTC@skillpointalliance.org for more information.

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The North Lamar/Georgian Acres neighborhood is a diverse and connected mixed-use area bounded by 183, North Lamar, Braker, and I-35. The "North Lamar/Georgian Acres contact team" (NLCT) works to achieve our vision of a safe healthy neighborhood for residents, property owners, and businesses.
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