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Voices From the Lab: Jobs, Citizenship Not So Distant in TFA’s Lab

“The naturalization ceremony is a solemn and meaningful event,” says the Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Jose, a regular at the Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center lab in Houston, Texas, has spent over a … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Find What You Need at Austin Free-Net

John, a visually disabled Vietnam War veteran, came to the Rosewood Zaragosa Neighborhood center with basic computer skills.  He had worked in the early 80s on computer systems which used numbers and symbols only.  But, he had the basics down  … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: YMCA’s After School Program Gets Tech Support

Yesenia, a native Houstonian, spends every Wednesday afternoon in our Texas Connects Coalition computer lab at the MD Anderson YMCA. She’s not alone; in fact, she’s surrounded by children. Yesenia works at the YMCA’s After School program, which gets local … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Baby Boomers Retire and Keep Learning

Did you know that more than 10,000 people are eligible for retirement each day in the United States?  Baby Boomers, those born during the years of 1946 and 1964,  have been entering retirement age since 2010 and many are choosing … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Austin Free-Net Increases Bilingual Classes and Adds 18 Computers

On February 9, 2012 Austin Free-Net held an Open House at The DeWitty Center to introduce 18 new computer systems, as well as our new, free, bilingual (Spanish) basic computer classes to our community.

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Voices From the Lab: The Roughneck and the Specialist

Technology For All’s Program Specialist Ken remembers the day he met the “roughneck”. “Roughneck”, a slang term for manual labor, is most associated with oil rigs. Houston is also associated with oil rigs thanks to the Port of Houston, the … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: “It’s a blessing to be here.”

Linda always wanted to be a minister—she almost went to divinity school—but was never able to fulfill her goal. So she found a way to preach her beliefs in less-official but still expressive methods. “I make anything,” she says. “Magnets, … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Walking Through the Door

It’s true what they say; the first step is sometimes the hardest. Walking into Rosewood Zaragoza Neighborhood Center located at 2800 Webberville Road in Austin, Texas was a big first step for Mark*, an Austin Free-Net client.

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Voices From the Lab: Brenda Catches Up By Rewinding

Brenda had looked everywhere for her chance to educate herself. Outside of the local community center and library, however, there was no other place for the people of Settegast to learn computer skills. “Now they stopped offering classes,” she says. … Continue reading

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