Virtually Anywhere (May 16, 2018) – Digital Works just took a successful, first step into a new facet of workforce training—going virtual. The program, which was established by Connected Nation to bridge the needs of communities and employers through telework, just completed its first all-virtual class in Kiowa County, Kansas.
“This worked so well in Kansas because there was a support system for those taking part in our virtual program. In this case, a faith-based group,” said Chris Pedersen, VP of Development and Planning for Connected Nation. “The common-thread in any of our Digital Works classes, whether in a co-working facility or in a virtual setting, is that the community gets behind the participants and teleworking, by providing support to those who are improving their online skills and being hired for jobs that, for the first time, are over the Internet with remote employers.”
Tami Raber, Glenna Day, Marlena Routledge, and Heather Day (pictured right) took part in that first class in Kansas. Their success is something others can share in because it’s an example of how Digital Works’ innovative approach is working, and how the program can be adjusted to meet the unique needs of each community.
“We have classes across the United States where people are trained in how to use digital resources or, if they already have a basic understanding, we train them for employer-related needs such as customer relations and technical support,” said Stu Johnson, Director of Digital Works. “Work-at-home and telework jobs are the fastest-growing segments of the workforce, and for rural areas, they also can be vital for saving the economy and small communities.”
All of the jobs are remote, economic based, an in-demand positions—providing new employment opportunities and a larger tax base for the local community. Training is done through the Drive platform, which provides online and ongoing education even after graduation.
Digital Works has established relationships with more than 70 employers across the country and customers its training so graduates are learning the skills companies are asking for in employees, making them more marketable. The training model is couple with our long-term experience in mentoring remote workers through career challenges and changes.
Jessica Denson, Communications Manager
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