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  1. janet Harvey

    The Waynesboro Area Learning Tree (W.A.L.T.) is a non-profit organization offering technology training and development as an outreach initiative to the City of Waynesboro, Staunton, Augusta, Nelson and surrounding
    rural counties.

    W.A.L.T. is the only Community Technology Training Center (CTTC) that exists in the Shenandoah Valley, and could be used as a model for the State of Virginia. Virginia needs a cluster of adult Community Technology Training Centers (CTTC) to address some of the “skill gaps” that are continuously emerging as technology rapidly changes and as there continue to be a large turn-over in the workforce. WALT is a good model of what can be done in a small town with limited financial resources.

    Our community technology program is considered a digital inclusion program (social inclusion) that ensures individuals and disadvantaged groups have access to, and skills to use, information and communication technologies.

    W.A.L.T’s programs and services are helping individuals improve their skills, prepare for new opportunities, retain existing jobs, or advance within employment. The organization is engage in partnerships and cross-agency collaborations to enhance the community‚Äôs workforce training capacity.

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  2. Dorene Cornwell

    Leveraging language Access through training videos: LOTS of school districts throughout WA have large numbers of students whose families are Limited English. School districts face burdens in terms of finding interpreters / qualified ADULT culture brokers to support parents for basic school functions including enrollment, supervising children’s learning and dealing with difficult situations such as discipline issues. What might be done to create a reservoir of basic informational videos in at least the most-frequently usedlanguages that could be available to school districts, ensure that basic information is conveyed correctly and help parents better monitor and participate in their children’s education? What would be barriers / opportunities as far as the technology to access?

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  3. Sabrina Roach

    How Washington State can use low-power FM to create digital inclusion.

    People without Internet access can be connected to information about digital inclusion resources via low power fm. Lets get creative and identify the steps to bringing low power FM to our communities.

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  4. Patti-lyn Bell

    There are elders and people with disabilities who are unable to ‘travel’ to a training site….going “to them” with trained volunteers (Seniors Training Seniors in Computer Technology) is a request I receive often from indivudals and also from the apartment directors/managers.

    The most important issue though is the liability issue for program volunteers to do one-on-one training for elders and people with disabilities. They, too, are a very important segment of the population….how can the liability issue be addressed so these people can be served.

    80 to 90+ years young….they are ready and willing to become a part of today’s technology.

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  5. Marisa Elena Duarte

    Strategies for deploying broadband Internet through Native American and tribal communities

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  6. Michael McLean

    Security issues outreach/training to senior citizens who are just discovering the enjoyment of email attachments and web-surfing.

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  7. Barb

    training children for Internet safety.

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  8. Elly Krumwiede

    Digital Inclusion Partnerships: How do successful DI partnerships form? What defines a successful partnership? How can ISPs, CBOs, government agencies and public institutions best work together to build and sustain successful partnerships?

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  9. Stacey Wedlake

    Digital Inclusion and Workforce Development: How can CBOs, libraries, and employers work together?

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    1. DI Summit

      Maybe this would be a good panel discussion with telecommuting as one solution.

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  10. Rebecca Blakewood

    Digital inclusion for telecommuting opportunities – what’s needed, what’s working, the rationale.

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