New ‘Learner Web’ will expand adult digital literacy in Minnesota

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By Sally Schreiber

Minnesota is part of a federal multi-state Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant that will provide Adult Basic Education (ABE) digital literacy training through self-paced online classes and tutor assistance.

The program will introduce learners to computer and Internet skills, high-speed Internet resources and using the Internet for career planning.

The Minnesota Literacy Council (MLC) will serve as fiscal agent for the Minnesota portion of the grant, with management assistance from the St. Paul Community Literacy Consortium. The $5.8 M grant includes $3.3 M in federal funding and $2.5 M in matching funds (across five states), and is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2010 (ARRA).

In continuing their mission to share the power of learning through education, community building and advocacy, the Minnesota Literacy Council is ready to help low-income Minnesotans bridge the digital divide through this project.

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