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

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Open House DeWitty CenterOn 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.

Hundreds of possible donors, clients or volunteers and the local media were invited to meet the staff and learn about the free bilingual computer classes which start in March.

Executive Director Juanita Budd said of the event, “Two of the attendees were possible
amazing partnerships for us; which will help us grow and help the Latino community better their computer skills starting in March.”

The FREE Bilingual (English/Spanish) Basic Computer Classes will be held beginning
Thursday, March 1, 2012 and will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Natalia Portillo-Delgado, program specialist and trainer showed her enthusiasm for the
guests that visited with her.

“I met a man who is in his 60s and he brought a friend of his who also is in his 60s. They Open House Rosemary are both from Mexico and speak very little English.  But, they lit up when they entered the classroom and so many of us in the room spoke Spanish with them.”  She adds with a good-natured laugh, that it could have been the free Starbucks coffee www.starbucks.com or hand-made waffles and pancakes supplied by Batter Blasters www.batterblaster.com that caused the smiles but she didn’t think so.

“Juan* told me he came to the United States 20 years ago and is a great house painter.  When I asked him why he was visiting AFN he said that he wanted to learn the computer so that he can become a business man who also happens to paint houses.  He also said he wants to learn English and he knows computers will help with that.”

To learn more about the bilingual computer classes or other classes, visit  www.austinfree.net  call 512-236-8225.

*The name of  the client has been changed.  Austin Free-Net respects the privacy of all clients.

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