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LAYC offers computer services as well as computer training and knowledge to young people and adults in our community in order to enable youth and adults to enter the world of computer technology and enhance their abilities, employability and ultimately, self-sufficiency. The main goal of the Computer Technology Learning Center is to prepare youth and adults to use computers and the Internet effectively both in their academic careers, jobs and later in life. Students learn advanced technologies and work in an environment that simulates a work situation.

This program will also help improve employability and marketability of LAYC clients. In the process, the program helps to demystify computers in a way that improves communication between youth and their parents. The computer class also serves as an opportunity for parents to become familiar with, and skilled in some of the most frequently used software applications on the market today, including computer fundamentals such as Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007 as well as more advance classes which include Microsoft Certification (MOS and MCAS), web design, Photoshop and more. With personal assistants guiding you through the class, LAYC computer classes provide a unique environment for learning more about your computer.

Mission

To provide computer training and knowledge to young and adult people of our community.

Vision

To enable youth and adults to enter the world of computer technology and enhance their abilities, employability and ultimately, self sufficiency.

Goal

The main goal of the Computer Technology Learning Center is to prepare youth and adults to use computers and the Internet effectively both in their academic careers, jobs and later in life. Students learn advanced technologies and work in an environment that simulates a work situation.

The objective of this program is to improve the employability and marketability of our clients. In the process, the program will demystify computers in a way that improves communication between youth and their parents. The computer class also serves as an opportunity for parents to become familiar with, and skilled in some of the most frequently used software applications on the market today.

With personal assistants guiding you through the class, LAYC computer classes provide a unique environment for learning more about your PC computer.

Computer Classes for Youth and Adults:

Digital Connectors Teach Community Youth about Technology

Since its founding in 2000, One Economy has worked to maximize the potential of technology to help low-income people improve their lives and enter the economic mainstream. Working on four continents, we use innovative approaches to deliver the power of technology and information to low-income people, connecting them to valuable tools for building better lives. We help bring broadband into the homes of low-income people, employ youth to train their community members to use technology effectively, and create public-purpose media that inspires, informs and engages.

Computer Fundamentals

  • Introduction to Computers
  • Microsoft Windows Vista and XP, Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office 2010 Suite
  • Web Design, Dreamweaver
  • Flash Animation
  • Photoshop

Certifications

The Internet and Computing Core Certifications (IC3) GS3

If you're focusing on a future in computers, or any field that requires the use of computers, one certification can set you apart from the crowd.

The Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³) GS3 is the first globally accepted, standards-based, validated certification program for basic computing skills and is often the first certification individuals pursue to show competence in computer skills. GS3 has been updated with new topics including blogging, wikis, social networking, chat/messaging, etc. Becoming IC3 certified demonstrates that you possess the knowledge required for basic use of computer hardware, software, and the Internet.

The Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3®) provides students and job-seekers with the foundation of knowledge they need to succeed in environments that require the use of computers and the Internet. The Global Standard 3 is an internationally recognized standard for digital literacy and reflects the most relevant skills needed in today's academic and business environments.

The Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) is the first globally accepted, standards-based, validated certification program for basic computing skills and is often the first certification individuals pursue to show competence in computer skills. Becoming IC3 certified demonstrates that you possess the knowledge required for basic use of computer hardware, software, and the Internet.

IC3 certification requires passing three exams:

  • Computer Fundamentals (Computer Hardware, Computer Software, Using an Operating System)
  • Key Applications (Common Program Functions, Word Processing Functions, Spreadsheet Functions)
  • Living Online (Networks and the Internet, Electronic Mail, Using the Internet, the Impact of Computing and the Internet on Society)

CompTIA STRATA Fundementals

This exam enables the candidate to identify and explain PC components, setup a basic PC workstation, conduct basic software installation, identify compatibility issues and recognize/prevent basic security risks.

The job roles for CompTIA Strata Certificate Program certified professionals typically include technical and sales positions in industries such as healthcare, biotech, graphic design, music and digital video production, Web-based training, and finance.

CompTIA's FC0-U41 exam is ideal for students beginning an IT education program, prospective employees seeking to demonstrate that they're ready to enter the IT workforce, individuals focused on an IT career and preparing for higher level certifications such as CompTIA A , CompTIA Network , and CompTIA Security , and professionals in technology-related career roles.

For more information about Strata IT Technology exam, please visit the CompTIA's Strata IT Technology exam page.

Microsoft Office Specialist 2010

A Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification helps validate proficiency in using Microsoft Office 2010 and meets the demand for the most up-to-date skills on the latest Microsoft technologies. Candidates who pass a certification exam show that they can meet globally recognized performance standards.

Candidates must pass one certification exam in order to earn a MOS certification. Microsoft Office Word 2010, Microsoft Office Word 2010 Expert, Microsoft Office Excel 2010, Microsoft Office Excel 2010 Expert, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010, Microsoft Office Outlook 2010, Microsoft Office Access 2010.

Earning a Microsoft Office Specialist certification can help you differentiate yourself in today's competitive job market, broaden your employment opportunities by displaying your advanced skills, and result in higher earning potential. Microsoft Office Specialist certification can also lead to increased job satisfaction. Research indicates that certified individuals have increased competence, productivity, and credibility with their employers, co-workers, and clients.

For employers, the certification provides skill-verification tools that not only help assess a person's skills in using Microsoft Office programs but also the ability to quickly complete on-the-job tasks across multiple programs in the Microsoft Office system.

 

Microsoft Office Specialist 2007

Microsoft Office Specialist for the 2007 Microsoft Office System and Windows Vista.

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications, which focus on demonstrating skills in using the 2007 Microsoft Office System and the Windows Vista operating system, are still very much in demand. Candidates who pass a certification exam show that they can meet globally recognized performance standards.

Candidates must pass one certification exam in order to earn a MOS certification. Windows Vista for the Business Worker, Microsoft Office Word 2007, Microsoft Office Word 2007 Expert, Microsoft Office Excel 2007, Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Expert, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, Microsoft Office Access 2007.

Microsoft Office Specialist 2003

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification continues to offer tracks for Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Office XP, and Microsoft Office 2000. To earn a MOS certification, you must pass one or more certification exams. MOS certification exams help provide a valid and reliable measure of technical proficiency and expertise. These MOS certification exams evaluate a candidate's overall comprehension of Microsoft Office or Office Project programs, as well as his or her ability to use advanced features and integrate Microsoft Office programs with other software.

MOS exam requirements by certification level:

 

Specialist Expert Master

Candidates must pass any one of the following specialist exams:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Access

 

Candidates must pass any of the following expert exams:

  • Word Expert
  • Excel Expert

 

Candidates must pass three required exams and one elective exam:

Required:

  • Word Expert
  • Excel Expert
  • PowerPoint

Elective:

  • Access
  • Outlook

 

 

How to Register

The Computer Lab of the Latin American Youth Center has set a minimum set of requirements for personal computers used to access class. This required minimum standard was created to ensure that you receive the best possible learning experience in our program.

Download Registration Form and policy only.

Download Computer Training flyer only.

Requirements

Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

Participant Benefits

  • Textbooks & supplies are furnished
  • One student per computer work-station
  • Classes are taught in English & Spanish
  • Certificate of Completion will be awarded.

Contact Information

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Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 16:29