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Free computer training for people having a tough time amid the pandemic

Posted at 10:36 AM, Sep 28, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — With thousands of people unemployed, finding a job during a pandemic can get tricky. If you know where to search and click, it can be a lot easier.

Seeing a gap in some generations when it comes to basic computer knowledge has some organizations like Goodwill restructuring programs to fill a current need.

"With the pandemic going on, a lot of people have been laid off and a lot of applications are done online, and people just don't have the skills to do those online applications," said Sarah Alba, Employment Solutions Coordinator with Goodwill Industries.

Along with being able to look for a job, people who can't see their families use it as a way to stay connected as well as help with essential shopping.

"I have a computer but I'm not able to use it the way I would like," said student Marilyn Jackson. "For instance, I'm looking for a washer and a dryer, and I want to be able to go online and find that. I want to be able to go on there and further my career with classes such as this computer class."

The Employment Solutions Programs has been in existence for more than five years and they help with every aspect of career development.

"We are here to help any individual look for employment," adds Alba. "You'll get one on one case management specialists to work with, you can look for jobs that you're interested in, we can help with resumes, interviewing skills, anything that will help you get employment and maintain that employment."

Social distancing rules only allow for seven people per class but you do get more one-on-one training. The class is offered on Friday and is free due to a grant from Goodwill International. You can sign up at www.goodwillomaha.org or by calling (402) 951-2919.