Held over two six-week sessions from May to June, the classes served a total of 20 low-income residents of Fort Greene. Later this summer, Fort Greene SNAP plans to hold another series of classes for low-income and working-class residents with the aim of providing them with the necessary computer literacy needed to advance their careers or to secure a job.
“As usual, our adult learners were complete beginners, and we were able to familiarize them so that they were comfortable with the basics,” said Henrietta Koffi, deputy director, Fort Greene SNAP. “Thanks to the support we received from St. Joseph’s, our patrons were able to learn how to use the Internet, create email accounts and search for job resources on the web. Almost all of the people who participated in the classes now stop by at least once a week to check for jobs or to continue their education in the open access labs.”
Founded in 2000 by Executive Director Dr. Georgianna Glose, the mission of Fort Greene SNAP is to provide low- to moderate-income residents, in and near Fort Greene, access to gainful employment, further education and quality health care by offering programs in technology, entrepreneurship and life skills. Through its entrepreneurial programs, parenting workshops, lifelong learning initiatives and efforts to promote civic participation, Fort Greene SNAP seeks to enhance the quality of life in Fort Greene for all of its residents.
About St. Joseph's College
St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 23 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs through its School of Arts and Sciences and its School of Professional and Graduate Studies.