As part of a computer literacy tutorial event this weekend on the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso campus, residents who complete a digital bootcamp will get free computer.
The event is part of the Foster School of Medicine’s Promotores de Salud/Community Health Workers Program.
Led by the El Paso Health Education and Awareness Team (EP-HEAT), officials say the training will close the digital divide and familiarize residents in the 79905 ZIP code with online health resources.
The project was made possible through 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,” organizers shared. “Each course lasts several hours, but residents can begin during the tutorial event with assistance of the promotores.”
The 79905 ZIP code was chosen because it’s the neighborhood surrounding the TTUHSC El Paso campus and one of the oldest neighborhoods in El Paso but is largely underserved with these types of resources.
The goal of EP-HEAT and local promotores is to provide COVID-19 educational resources and address vaccine hesitancy in the community.
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 upskilling resources for upward employability. They will also become more familiar and comfortable with their health resources, such as telemedicine appointments.
About 50 residents already began or completed these courses. Anyone interested in starting the courses before the event can email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.