OLEAN, NY — The fall session of TECH Launch, a certificate program geared toward helping people find focus and develop skills for employment, higher education or entrepreneurship, will begin Sept. 14 at Boundless Connections Technology Center, 160 N. Union St.
TECH Launch, a collaboration between Boundless Connections and Strength Solutions, certifies that participants, ages 17 and over, have basic technology skills including, but not limited to, the effective use of Microsoft Office programs, email communications, internet searches and online calendars.
Other skills developed include timeliness, goal setting and tracking and self-assessment.
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“We are excited to be starting a new cohort of people in this powerful program,” Mike Marvin, Strength Solutions executive director, said.
“We see life-altering changes in our participants,” Marvin added. “In the beginning, we focus on identifying and moving toward their goals. Once that happens, their energy and self-confidence rise and their growth really accelerates.”
In compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, the fall session will host a maximum of 15 participants, who will meet from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
TECH Launch members are asked to set their own three-month goals and to meet one-on-one with a mentor weekly to assess their progress.
They also receive leadership development training through an introduction to The Virtues Project™, an internationally recognized program focused on recognizing and using character strengths
Members use Boundless Connections’ TECH Connect Tracking System to log and verify their skills. Participants can also post and send their personal report link to employers along with their resumes.
This initiative is funded, in part, by a grant from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. Participants with developmental disabilities pay no out-of-pocket expenses to attend the program.
For more information and to join, interested persons can visit pilot.boundlessconnections.com/tech-launch, email email@example.com or call (716) 379-3347. The program includes membership to the Boundless Connections Technology Center.
The Boundless Connections Technology Centers make state of the art digital technology accessible for everyone. The tech centers provide a focal point for young and old with various skill sets and interests to collaborate and utilize the power of cutting-edge technology. The programs and events are designed to develop a technology pipeline and create a pathway for people to engage and solve local challenges with technology. These programs and events are tailored to various interest groups or demographics.
A nonprofit, Strength Solutions brings together the resources to purchase state-of-the-art equipment, award program scholarships and renovate and expand the technology center. Along with scholarships and funding resources, Strength Solutions provides strength-based solutions training, including acknowledging strengths and working on growth, setting clear boundaries, using restorative justice for conflict resolution and healthy relationships, and developing coaching skills to help others focus on strengths.
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