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Skillpoint Alliance selected for Google Fiber’s new Digital Inclusion Fellowship

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Skillpoint Alliance is thrilled to announce that we have been selected as a participant in Google Fiber’s first-ever Digital Inclusion Fellowship. As one of two Austin organizations chosen to participate, we’re excited to to use our 20 years of expertise, skill and commitment to take on the challenge of narrowing the digital divide in Austin.

In an ever-increasing digital society, access to the web can open doors of opportunity – from finding housing or employment, to keeping in touch with friends and family, to learning how to sign up for healthcare. Yet, more than 60 million people across the United States aren’t connected to the Internet. More than a third of these people don’t see the Internet as relevant to their lives, while another third find the web difficult to use. The numbers are similar in Austin. According to the City of Austin’s 2014 Austin Digital Assessment, nearly 44% of those who do not use the internet were not interested, 42% were without someone to teach them relevant skills, and 37% found the internet too difficult.

Since Skillpoint’s Empower Proficiency Class started in 1998, we’ve been helping Austin-area residents prepare for the demands of today’s job market by providing access to computer and web skills. Annually, we serve more than 300 residents, the majority of whom live at the 150% Federal Poverty Limit or less. We’re excited to collaborate with Google Fiber and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) to expand our programs through the Digital Inclusion Fellowship, and take one more step toward bridging the digital divide in the Austin community.

“Our vision at Skillpoint Alliance is that all Travis Country residents have the opportunity to be fully engaged in digital society,” said Amanda Longtain, Director of Programs.

At Skillpoint, the Digital Inclusion Fellow will lead a project focused on expanding our digital literacy program, enhancing workforce readiness curriculum to include digital skills, and developing new partnerships that will expand the reach and impact of this digital training to more families in Central Texas. Learn more about the fellow’s job description here.

If you are a local leader passionate about helping people in the Austin community, and are interested in becoming a fellow, please apply by June 10, 2015 through the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) at nten.org/community/dif.