My God Jehovah has taught me appreciation for all the good things he has made possible for me. One of those good things was being accepted to the “Mature Workers Program” sponsored by the Urban League of Eastern Mass. Through that program I was given the opportunity to take the On-Line Learning Readiness program. Jehovah has also taught me gratitude which I have for those who have helped me build confidence in my ability to learn with the hope of putting the things learned into practice.
I hesitated to take this opportunity because I was blessed with a background in some of the Microsoft Word programs and was uncertain that I would benefit from the program. I was encouraged though to proceed because I would be sure to benefit. My gratitude goes to those who gave me that encouragement because I have surely benefited.
Although I had basic knowledge of the programs, I lacked terminology and understanding of how computers work. My typing skills were very rusty but this class gave me the opportunity to sharpen them. My fellow students, whom I had the pleasure to get to know during the class, inspired me by their helpful, caring attitude toward one another.
Getting through those modules was not easy by any means. The “Productivity” module was especially difficult. Even with my background in the programs involved it was a struggle to pass that module and I am sure even more of a struggle for those who had no background at all. I admired my classmates also for their stick-to-itiveness. Recognition must be given also to the teacher who was the motivating factor for that “don’t give up, you can do it” attitude.
Our class was predominantly made up of persons over 55, some way over 55 and some younger people looking for a way to get some training with hopes of getting a job that would sustain them and their families. Hopefully we will all be able to realize our expectations. Some of us will go on to continue our knowledge of the computer. Others will gain employment with the basics they have learned. All of us will have a better chance than we did before we enter the class.
My thanks to “Timothy Smith” and the City of Boston who have made it possible to get this free education and to all who dedicated themselves to make sure we “got it”.
Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts