We recently kicked off our first semester teaching Computer Literacy for Job Readiness to members of the United Way Family Success Center. The center bundles services in one location to remove barriers by offering childcare and transportation.
At each center location, the United Way brings together partners across nonprofit, business and government sectors. Together, these partners offer services that focus on access to public support, education and career development, financial skills, health and wellness, and basic needs.
The class we are offering is taught by different Xtern team members each semester. It aims to prepare Family Success Center members for a world that is increasingly reliant on technology. It also aims to teach concepts through the lens of job readiness so that students leave with an understanding of technology that is helpful for both current and future jobs.
This spring semester’s class is taught by Jay Stadler. Jay has experience with non-traditional education both as a student and teacher. He received his associate’s degree in culinary arts and worked as a chef for about a decade. When he eventually decided to switch careers, he attended GTCC for computer science, before transferring to UNCG to finish out his degree. He worked as a tutor at GTCC for 3 years, and is pleased to be able to find opportunities to teach again.
Jay has been a member of the Xtern team for about a year, working as a Junior Developer. In this role, he is able to continue to develop his skills by working with more senior developers on the team. Kudos to Jay for taking the time to do this volunteer work as part of his role at Xtern!