Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bilingual Internet training program announced to close digital divide in U.S.

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Club Digital, the most comprehensive bilingual, multimedia Internet training program, has been launched in the California state and will be expanded nationwide in an attempt to close the digital divide affecting Hispanic families in the United States.

Officials from the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and the State of California joined Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and impreMedia publisher Monica Lozano as well as other national and community leaders to commend Club Digital on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Club Digital's summer pilot program will reach nearly 3 million Hispanics in California. The program has started on Aug. 1 with an extensive 30-day multimedia Internet training program in select impreMedia publications, including La Opinion, La Opinion Contigo and El Mensajero, and a network of community-based partnerships.

Club Digital will provide a free opportunity for Californians to learn basic Internet skills. The program also includes an interactive bilingual website, www.laopinion.com/clubdigital, updated daily throughout Aug. with new training lessons.

"Without access to the Internet and basic computer skills, millions of Californians remain at a competitive disadvantage in the job market," said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

"I am proud to support a program that empowers the people who remain on the wrong side of the Digital Divide by giving them the tools they need to take the first step into the digital age."

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