With the goal of bridging the digital divide, Onward House provides free access to computers and information technology to Belmont Cragin residents of all ages. Learning opportunities are available to enhance technological aptitude, increase knowledge, gain language proficiency, and increase skills for employment, and to give parents the ability to help their kids with homework. The Computer Center, located in the Hank and Kim Marshall Community Resource and Education Center, serves approximately 40 community members each week and approximately 600 each year.
Participants receive training in technology, introduction to computers, operating systems, hardware, software, internet navigation, internet security, and email. After the introductory course, there is an intermediate-level class available to those who want to sharpen their job skills, or for small-business entrepreneurs who want to keep up-to-date with computer technology. The training is focused on Google Drive Suite and Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for office productivity.
The Hank and Kim Marshall Community Resource and Education Center has Wi-Fi-enabled laptops and tables for students enrolled in the computer classes, and for use by students enrolled in other classes.
The Computer Center is also used by children in the after-school program for various learning activities in reading, writing, math, etc.
During afternoons, the Center is open for software and e-commerce education and assistance, for small-business owners and entrepreneurs who need coaching or one-to-one-support.
Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. (in-person or virtual). For more information regarding Onward House’s Community Computer Resource Center, call Juan Martin at (773) 622-3215, or fill out the form below: