Milwaukee launches a digital literacy class on the North Side in hopes to unlock social and economical opportunities for low income communities

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MILWAUKEE, (CBS 58) -- A new program launched Thursday aimed to help those that are technically disinclined in low-income areas.

The Digital Literacy Lab is its first of its kind in the north side area of Milwaukee. It's giving residents 18+ who have little to no experience with the virtual world an opportunity to learn to do so for free.

"The ultimate goal is to really get to people in this digital space," said Chytania Brown, President and CEO of Employ Milwaukee.

Brown said the pandemic pushed almost everything online, which made it difficult for those who are not tech savy to get basic necessities.

David Crowley, seventh County Executive of Milwaukee County, said digital literacy effects and is vital for employment opportunities.

"To be digitally literate means the opportunities are endless and they open up for you," said Crowley.

The digital literacy lab will dive into topics relating to operating a device, explore the internet, use email and navigate computer applications.

"It's been very helpful, very helpful. The instructor is very knowledgeable, able to answer all the questions and she makes it very easy," said Cedric Garner, one of the 15 participants at the digital literacy lab.

Participants must accomplish four classes that are two hours long each once a week. At the end, the participants will receive a laptop. To learn more, visit their website.

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