Friday, July 19, 2013

4th Quarter Lao Assistance Computer Literacy Class Schedule Announced

The following training dates have been announced for the fourth quarter of the Lao Assistance Center Computer Literacy Program. Phouthakannha Nantharath is the lead director of the Computer Literacy Program. To get involved, please call the Lao Assistance Center at: (612) 374-4967 or

Trainings will continue to be offered on the following schedule based on demand:

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays:
Basic Skills Training. 9AM, 1PM and 4PM.

Tuesdays and Thursdays:
Intermediate Skills Training.  9AM, 1PM and 4PM.

Trainings are held at our location at 503 Irving Avenue N. in Minneapolis. Workstations are limited, so please remember to RSVP to hold your slot for classes.

The Lao Assistance Center program was funded last year by Wells Fargo to purchase and upgrade new equipment to help the organization carry out training and education programs to stabilize our community workforce.

We are implementing a four-pronged strategy that will significantly enhance access to computer literacy programs, English skills program and employment skills and job searching skills that are culturally specific to the Lao community. 

Our four key prongs are:
1. Develop a formal job readiness training curriculum that is culturally and linguistically appropriate. 
2. Develop relationship with companies. High growth industry sectors are Healthcare, Finance/Insurance, Professional/Technical, Transportation and High-Tech Manufacturing. 
3. Increase partnerships with organizations providing English language skills to Lao elders with limited English proficiency. 
4. Leverage volunteers, including 2nd and 3rd generation Lao youth, to assist elders
Phouthakannha Nantharath, director of the program said: "It's good to build computer skills no matter what your age. Please encourage friends, family and others to join us. Many of our community members are very happy with the progress they are making. Thank you to Wells Fargo, who provided us significant support for our Computer Literacy Program."

If you would like to get involved with the Lao Assistance Center as a sponsor or employer, please contact

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