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Wednesday, April 3 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Digital Inclusion Funding Through Workforce Development (Including Certifications)

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People seeking employment are a big part of the constituency served by many local digital initiatives. This session will focus on programs that integrate digital skills training with employment programs, including certification training, and look at Workforce Investment funding and other support opportunities in the workforce system. 

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Farrah Parkes

Director, myPLACE and Digital Initiatives, Office of Adult Education, City of Philadelphia
Talk to me about public access computer labs, adult education, and digital literacy training with low-skill populations. Twitter: @farrahparkes

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Karisa Tashjian

Director of Education, Providence Public Library
Karisa Tashjian serves as the Director of Education for the Providence Public Library. In this role, she leads the design and implementation of educational and workforce development programming across all ages that results in measurable engagement, value and impact to the community... Read More →
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Elizabeth Lindsey

CEO, Byte Back
Elizabeth Lindsey is the Executive Director of Byte Back, a Washington, DC based nonprofit offering a free technology training pathway for unemployed adults. Byte Back is one of the only organizations in the country that helps adults with no or low tech skills move from beginner to... Read More →
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Heather Gate

Director, Digital Inclusion, Connected Nation
As the Director of Digital Inclusion for Connected Nation (CN), Heather Gate is responsible for strategy development and implementation of programs that impact digital inclusion for all people in all places. Ms. Gate has more than 12 years’ experience working in digital inclusion... Read More →