TECHNOLOGY CENTER IS A STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY

offering training in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications, foreign language, money management applications plus internet search engine literacy, and social media training which are all aimed at college and career readiness and development of marketable skills.

The program offers computer/financial education curricula. Some of the financial literacy resources used in this class are the FDIC Money Smart curriculum: (also in Spanish: El Futuro en tus Manos) financial literacy curriculum that engages the participants in interactive technology-based exercises such as using an using an online mortgage calculator to determine interest rates and monthly payments, and using a spreadsheet to complete a budget.

COMPUTER TOPICS

  • Learning the basics of using Windows
  • Working with drives, folders and Windows Explorer
  • Creating, organizing, saving and finding files
  • Introduction to Word: deleting, cutting ,copying, pasting, saving, printing, and formatting (bold, underline, italics, and other font features.)
  • Introduction to the Internet and Email: connecting, browsing, using search engines, downloading, obtaining a free email account, composing and sending email.

FINANCIAL LITERACY TOPICS

  • Borrowing Basics: establishing a credit, credit history, credit cards, credit reports, credit repair and reconstruction
  • Banking: bank services, checking accounts, saving accounts, check cashing places Vs. banks, bank fees, online banking
  • Financial Planning: wants Vs. needs, budgets, fixed vs. flexible spending, saving, investing
  • Home Ownership: credit, mortgages, fixed Vs. variable rate loans, refinancing, equity
  • Consumer Awareness: consumer rights and responsibilities, organizations that provide assistance to consumers, online shopping, insurance