Category Archives: Employment

Voices From The Lab: Moving Forward

Two years ago Austin Free-Net helped Royce Hall improve his basic computer skills and find his dream job.  When the dream took an unexpected turn, he decided to come back to the organization that provided the technical and emotional support … Continue reading

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Austin Free-Net in the News

Austin Free-Net continues addressing digital divide By Omar L. Gallaga, Tuesday June 23, 2013–  courtesy Austin American-Statesman Everyone’s plugged in, right? The digital bubble that so quickly formed around our culture, not unlike that big shell surrounding the town of … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Retiree Learns Tech Skills for Job Search

 Two years after retiring as a Janitor for the Del Valle School District, Noe Quintanilla, realized that he needed to find a part-time job to help supplement his income. When he went back to the school district to apply for … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Connecting Home

On the surface, Sam is like many of the people who come to Austin Free-Net (AFN) to use our technology resources at Rosewood Zaragosa to look for a job opportunity.  A man in his late 40s with a booming personality … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Daddy Can Do Anything!

As we all are very much aware, finding a job in today’s world is a struggle. Never mind that there are barriers to obtaining a job such as lack of computer access, basic computer skills knowledge or even transportation. What … Continue reading

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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: Bridging the Digital Divide Requires More Than Just Technology

Austin Free-Net’s ever-expanding reach has grown to a total of 168 computers in 26 sites around Austin, but simply providing technology to the community is only the beginning. To empower our clients to bridge the digital divide, we also rely … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Austin Free-Net’s Computer Lab Essential for Homeless Clients

On a typical day at the Trinity Center, an organization that serves the needs of those experiencing homelessness and poverty in downtown Austin, dozens of people will patiently wait their turn to use one of four computers and five tablets … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: “Broadband Across Texas Week” Is a HIT at AFN

Joining our partners within Texas Connects Coalition to create a week dedicated solely to the purpose of ensuring Texans know about how to gain access to computer education and the Internet, Austin Free-Net began “Broadband Across Texas Week” with excitement … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Giving Back in the Lab

Irvin and Francisco, both aged 19, are regulars at the Mission Milby Community Development Center (MMCDC), a local nonprofit in a Houston neighborhood rife with low incomes and lower educational attainment called Pecan Park. Both boys have lived this community, … Continue reading

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