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digitalliteracy1Do you want to become more comfortable with your smartphone or tablet? Do you need an email account, or want to understand Google Docs? If so, then help is here.

This July, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) will host free Digital Literacy Workshops provided by AmeriCorps Member JaQuale Byrd. Byrd is a Halifax County native and student at Virginia Commonwealth University. This summer, he is serving at the SVHEC, and has developed the workshop series.

“We’ve heard from the community that there’s a need for assistance with digital literacy and basic computer skills. Through our partnership with the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research and the Dan River Year AmeriCorps program, we’re able to have JaQuale here this summer to develop and pilot the workshop series,” said Hope Harris-Gayles, SVHEC Associate Director of Communications & Outreach.

The Digital Literacy Workshop Series will kick off on Monday, July 9th with a group session on email and using the Internet. The July 16th class will cover Microsoft Word and Google Docs, and July 23rd will focus on resume writing.
One-on-One assistance and limited evening sessions will be available Tuesday through Friday by appointment. During the one-on-one sessions, Byrd will provide assistance with smartphones, tablets, and laptops. All sessions will be taught in the SVHEC’s Innovation Center at 820 Bruce Street, South Boston, VA.

“I’m looking forward to answering questions and working with the community,” Byrd stated.