Footprints received funding from the Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund to expand our efforts to teach computer and job search skills to people in recovery and reentry programs, along with people from our local community.
We work with the general community and institutions such as Missouri Probation and Parole, drug court, treatment centers and recovery houses to offer this special program at no charge to the individuals they serve. Our computer learning center is located at 4501 Troost Avenue and, as one of the Kansas City’s Community Connections, it is powered by a Google Fiber gigabit Internet connection.
Footprints is an official sponsor site for the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment program. This is a series of proctored assessments that allow students to demonstrate proficiency in the following computer skills:
Section 1: Introduction to Computers
Section 2: Windows 10
Section 3: E-mail Basics
Section 4: Internet Basics
Section 5: Introduction to Social Media
Section 6: Microsoft Word Basics
Section 7: Microsoft Excel Basics
Section 8: Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
Section 9: Information Literacy
The assessment process also reveals areas where students need to improve their computer skills. This enables us to create personalized lesson plans and self-guided training to assist them to successfully complete all nine modules.
Certificates are awarded to those who complete all nine modules. Including these with their resumes shows potential employers that they have the basic computer skills needed for most jobs. Resume development and online job search skills are also a part of the program.
One special aspect of our computer skills training program is that the mentors who work in the PC center are in recovery themselves and are certified Missouri Recovery Support Specialist-Peers. Footprints, is certified by the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Behavioral Health as a provider of recovery support services. While on-site, students involved with the computer learning program can also take advantage of daytime recovery classes and support groups that meet at the Wayne D. White Recovery Community Center.
For more information, call (816) 561-0567 Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm