Work-Able, Inc. integrates Turnbull Library and PCC into its Summer Health Institute

Work-Able, Inc.IMAG0252 held the closing ceremony to its Summer Health Institute on Friday, August 8 at the Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library on St. Thomas.  The group brought student participants to various locations, including the Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library and its Public Computer Center. The students completed projects such as resume creation, research and Cyberlearning digital literacy training  in the viNGN’s Public Computer Center (PCC) which is located inside the Library. All activities served to help boost the students’ personal interactions, professional skills, and general information necessary for success in everyday life.

While at the Library, students were given tours and overviews of the Virgin Islands Public Libraries and its digital resources;  signed up for library cards, intro to the Dewey Decimal System, research techniques, and maintaining the territory’s historical archives by Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DLAM) Assistant Territorial Director and Archivist Susan Laura Lugo and IT Systems Manager Chris Douté.  The students were also given an overview of the nationwide Broadband Initiative and the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network, Inc. (viNGN) grants and awards that contributed to Comprehensive Community Infrastructure (CCI), State Broadband Data Development (SBDD), Public Computer Centers (PCC), and Sustainable Broadband Adoption (SBA).

Students also signed up for the Cyberlearning Digital Literacy training. Program Director Gwendolyn T. Powell presided over the closing ceremony and presented certificates of gratitude to Territorial Director Ingrid Bough, JD for her help in facilitation;  Mr. Douté and Ms. Lugo for their continuous assistance throughout the 3-week program;  viNGN PCC Site Manager Anita Davis for Cyberlearning training, and student intern Lance Smith for his technical support and instruction.  Each student also received a certificate and a thoughtful gift, and parents in attendance were thanked for their support.

Work-Able, Inc. Summer Institute (SI) was implemented as a Three-Weeks, Life Skills and Career Exploration program for youth with disabilities and others with support needs (at-risk), ages 14 & 15. The Work-Able “classroom” setting program exists to: – Provide Life Skills training to prepare students for the real world of work; – Provide access to one or more occupational areas so students can job shadow or have limited “hands on” exposure to specific job functions (exploration field trips); – Guide and facilitate students’ development of their Career Interest Portfolio (Resume, etc).

To find out more about the Work-Able, Inc. program call (340) 774-5899 (Voice/TTY) or (340) 514-6600

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