HIREDTexas Job Club Receives Grant from IBM Grant Provides Critical Funding in Support of Computer Skills Training
HIREDTexas is the recipient of a $2,000 grant from IBM in support of the computer skills training offered free of charge to job seekers and others in transition. The organization offers basic and intermediate classes on Word, Excel, and Powerpoint with an advanced Excel class in development. Local employers look favorably on candidates with skills in these programs.
Betty Riggle is a former IBM employee who now serves on the HIREDTexas Board of Directors, as well as volunteering her expertise to teach essential computer skills to job seekers in the area. Riggle, along with Paul McKelvey, who also volunteers his expertise, have developed a top-notch computer skills training program.
The program includes basic and intermediate lessons on Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. An introduction to computers class is also offered periodically. An advanced Excel class is currently under development to take training one step further. Classes are offered throughout the year and topics rotate. Check the schedule on the organization’s website for current offerings.
HIREDTexas Board President Sunil Chitre stated, “This grant will make it possible for us to retire several of the older laptops and let us upgrade the software to the latest version local employers expect applicants to be able to use.”
In addition to computer skills classes, the organization offers other useful forums and networking opportunities to job seekers. The recently formed Career Action Teams keep members focused and the supportive environment has already produced results.
HIREDTexas meets weekly at Grace Presbyterian Church on Gattis School Road in Round Rock. Information about the meetings and other programs can be found on their website at: www.hiredtexas.org.
HIREDTexas traces its start to the Great Recession in 2009. In 2012, the group was granted 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service. Weekly networking meetings and forums to enhance interviewing skills, improved personal branding and online profiles are part of the services available to area unemployed individuals. Those interested in volunteering or sponsoring can contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.