South Central Residents Receive Free ThinkPads Through Computer Literacy Program

South Central Residents Receive Free ThinkPads Through Computer Literacy Program

TTUHSC El Paso recently hosted computer literacy training for residents of the 79905 ZIP code in South Central El Paso. The training is part of the Foster School of Medicine’s Promotores de Salud/Community Health Workers Program, and is led by the university’s El Paso Health Education and Awareness Team (EP-HEAT).

The training, held on Saturday, July 10, at MSB II, was designed to close the digital divide and familiarize 79905 residents with online health resources. Another training class is scheduled for July 24. The project is funded by a $100,000 grant from Microsoft.

The first 150 South Central El Paso residents to complete the Microsoft and LinkedIn Pathway skill training will receive a Lenovo ThinkPad. Each course lasts several hours, but residents can start the tutorials with assistance of the promotores. Once the residents complete the course and present their certificate, they can keep their ThinkPads, which were donated by Microsoft TechSpark.

The training will help families improve their computer literacy, increase access to affordable internet, and provide opportunities to learn new skills to improve employability. They will also become more familiar and comfortable with health resources, such as telemedicine appointments. About 50 residents have already started or completed the courses.

The 79905 ZIP code was chosen for the program because it’s the neighborhood surrounding the TTUHSC El Paso campus. 79905 is one of the oldest neighborhoods in El Paso and largely underserved with digital resources. The goal of EP-HEAT and the promotores is to provide COVID-19 educational resources and address vaccine hesitancy in the community.

For more information, email the EP-HEAT team at ttuhsc.elpasoheat@gmail.com.