The Mexican Micaela Hernandezwho lives upstate New York, always dreamed of having a college degree, and in recent years aspired to at least have a better job.
And last year, working in the agricultural industry, packing products inside a warehouse and helping to maintain trees in the field, in high temperatures in the middle of summer, part of his dream.
The mother of the family, originally from Oaxaca, found out from members of one of her children’s nursery that there was a totally free remote program for training in systems and computers, promoted by the state of new yorkand caught his attention.
Micaela refers to the digital literacy and advanced computer training program for immigrants, “New Americans Can Code”managed by the Office for New Americans (ONA) and CanCode Communities, which opened the call for immigrants and low-income New Yorkers, regardless of your immigration statussign up for the lottery in which they will assign 36 places for the 2022 summer course.
About the training you received, which has already trained 50 people in computingand that this 2022 begins next May 16 and it will last 10 weeksthe Mexican mother comments that she got the quota, studied, and with what she learned, she set out to find new job opportunities.
Today the immigrant works in a non-profit community organization, applying the knowledge they received in computershelping field workers, and assures that it was thanks to the course he took that new doors were opened for him.
“I saw this as an opportunity to learn, which also allowed me to continue working, while I was studying, because it was four days a week in the afternoons, and the best thing is that the teachers have a lot of patience,” said the 33-year-old Mexican, who He has lived in New York for 17 years. “Then with that I was able, not only to look for another job, with better conditions and better salarybut I can use what I learned helping my children and now helping farm workers”.
About the Digital Literacy and Advanced Computer Training Program for Immigrants, which offers classes four days a week, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm., the Mexican woman also says that it served to serve as an example and pride for her children, especially the eldest, 14 years old, who “was happy” when he saw that his effort in training helped him change jobs.
“I tell people that they can take it, to do so, because it is very useful and one can study from home, going to class on the computer. Besides our children see that educating themselves is useful and is something important to achieve a better life condition. In addition, she left me very motivated and wanting to continue preparing myself, ”says the Latin mother, who now has in mind being able to go to university and one day graduate in graphic design.
The state program, which works thanks to an investment of $150,000 with funds from the Federal Government under the Cares Act, offers the opportunity to register online or by calling (518) 238-6808 and complies with rules of confidentiality of information, so that undocumented immigrants can apply and have the guarantee that their data they will not be shared with federal or immigration entities.
“It is open to any immigrant with a family income equal to or less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. This program is also supported by the US Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),” the program assured.
The Secretary of State for the State of New York, Robert J. Rodriguezmentioned that with this program, the association between ONA and CanCode Communities they offer the opportunity to learn new skills and have necessary tools in computer literacy, in order to be prepared for better career opportunities.
“In a rapidly evolving digital age, having computer training is a necessary skill to be better positioned to succeed in today’s job market,” the official said, noting that the course will cover basic computer skills, software use, word processing, and spreadsheet use, as well as use and management of email, use of the web for productive research, and learning tools.
Annmarie Laneseyfounder and executive director of CanCode Communitiesnoted that the program prepares immigrants to succeed in today’s digital economy.
“This computer education and training will ensure more New Yorkers gain the knowledge and skills to pursue fast-growing technology careers, while building a diverse and inclusive talent pool critical to the state’s employers,” he said. lanessey.
The senator Chuck Schumer warned that thanks to the federal funds that the CARES Act promoted, New Yorkers and new Americans can have access to tools and digital skills necessary to pursue well-paying careers.
“Education is one of the best ways to create economic opportunity and I am proud to help create this program to empower our workforce and empower our immigrant community to help them achieve the American dream,” said Senate Chief federal.
Congressman Adriano Espaillat He mentioned that this digital training program ensures that immigrant communities are not left behind in developing computer skills that will benefit them.
“We live in a digital society and coding has become one of the most fundamental skills that residents of all ages and backgrounds can learn,” said the Dominican politician.
The Senator Kirsten Gillibrand invited low-income New Yorkers to take advantage of this opportunity to improve their computer skills.
“In an increasingly digital world, we need to make sure everyone is equipped with basic computer skills, and by providing digital literacy and advanced computer training, this program will help ensure new New Yorkers have the skills they need to use email. e-mail, surfing Internet job boards, and paying bills online,” the policy said. “I encourage all eligible New Yorkers who want to develop their computer skills to apply.”
The Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke He mentioned that as legislators they have an obligation to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the education necessary to use their full potential.
“The New Americans Can Code digital literacy training program for immigrants has the power to change lives, especially as we continue to emerge as an ever-expanding virtual civil society,” the policy said.
The Congressman Jamal Bowmanhighlighted that literacy is a fundamental part of learning and praised the initiative, stating that supporting access to quality digital learning bridges the gaps on the path to equity.
“The online platforms are used for everythingfrom finding a job, finding a place to live, paying bills, getting the news, and communicating with relatives who may now be oceans and time zones away for new immigrants,” said the politician, who before launching into the congressional arena , made a solid career as a teacher.
“Digital literacy training can empower immigrants to find ways to be more connected to the things that matter in their new home: connected to jobs, family and their new community. To bridge the digital divide, immigrants deserve to be as tech-savvy as those who have had more regular and easier access to computers and technology.”
New Americans Can Code Program Facts
- The program is managed by the Office for New Americans and CanCode Communities
- Summer 2022 classes will start on May 16
- 36 slots for computer training are available
- 10 weeks of training
- 4 days a week, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
- $150,000 is the investment of the program
- 2020 was the year it opened
- 50 people have been trained since it began
Where to register for the quota lottery?
- You can call (518) 238-6808
- You can register by visiting the page: https://cancode.org/course/newamericanscancode-virtual-digital-literacy-summer-2022/
- You can also send an email to: [email protected]
- Any immigrant, regardless of immigration status, can register
- 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines of family income, the interested party must have
- Basic English is required, but not necessarily fluency in the language