COLLEGIATE COMMUNITY WAYNESBORO

The Collegiate Community is part of the Waynesboro Area Learning & Technology Center’s CollegeGo Waynesboro project. Its purpose is to create an opportunity for current and prospective students to meet, socialize and share their experience with local college students, distance learners, other degreed and interested individuals in the cities of Waynesboro, Staunton and surrounding rural counties. Open to all individuals who have completed a degree (s), pursuing a degree (either through distance learning or a traditional campus setting) and those who are interested in obtaining a degree.

LINKING LITERACY & TECHNOLOGY

The Waynesboro Area Learning & Technology Center, Learn, Casa de Amistad are linking literacy and technology for change. Using Rosetta Stone software for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tutors assist participants to acquire better English skills to help accelerate and integrate them into the American economic and social systems.

Classes are provided to help improve English, public speaking and computer skills development. We are continuous improving our programs to enhance communication amongst our diverse community.

ROSENWALD COMPUTER CENTER

In June 2014, in collaboration with the City of Waynesboro, the Waynesboro Area Learning & Technology Center (WALT) opened a new computer lab at the historic Rosenwald Community Center (RCC). It is an after school program that has been established as a learning site for disadvantaged youth and young adults.

RCC offers resources to help bridge the digital divide, primarily through the public accessing computers, training and the Internet. The training range from basic computing skills, digital literary to applied skills, (e.g. math, science, reading, online job searches, job applications, etc.) to promote academic success.

The objective of this program is to increase residents’ self-sufficiency, capacity to learn, develop technology skills and talent to help build a more educated, more able workforce, safer and better connected community.

WARM

The Waynesboro Area Learning & Technology Center (W.A.L.T.) has recently established a referral-based partnership with the Waynesboro Area Refuge Ministry (W.A.R.M). WARM is a local non-profit that provides shelter to our community’s homeless. The program is in its start-up phase and, although the program offers effective shelter and support, there was a clear need to address the employment and computer skills barriers of the participants.

WALT has agreed to address this need for our community members who are homeless, unemployed, underemployed and lack of basic computer skills.

WAYNESBORO HOUSING AUTHORITY

The Waynesboro Area Learning & Technology Center and the Waynesboro Redevelopment & Housing Authority have partnered under the Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Grant to provide computer training and development under the Public Housing Family Self-Sufficiency Program (PHFSS).

The self-sufficiency program works to provide training, supportive services and resident empowerment activities. These services should enable participating families to increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency.

NEW DIRECTION CENTER

The Waynesboro Area Learning & Technology Center is partnering with the New Directions Center, Inc. to provide computer training for residents in job readiness and computer literacy.

The instructors will guide residents in acquiring the basic computer skills necessary for employability and prepare students in life/work skills so that the individual can find and apply for employment.

New Directions Center is a non-profit community organization devoted to diminishing the occurrence and impact of emotional, physical, and sexual violence in Staunton, Waynesboro and  Augusta County.