Provided by Prince William County
The Prince William County Department of Information Technology has launched Digital Prince William. The goal of the program is to improve technological knowledge throughout the county by tackling any barriers that may exist for residents and businesses.
“Digital Prince William meets one of the three goals of the County’s Technology Inclusion Initiative, which aims to expand the technological knowledge of county residents and businesses and provide universal and affordable broadband access to the county-wide, ”said Rob Mancini, Department of Information Technology and CIO director for Prince William County. “This program will help unserved and underserved county residents and businesses acquire the technological skills necessary to thrive in an increasingly digital world.”
The pilot for Digital Prince William will begin on November 13, 2021 and is aimed at elderly residents of the county who want to increase their knowledge and mastery of the technologies they use the most. The free smartphone courses are now open for registration. These are entry-level, in-person courses designed to help seniors understand and develop their skills in using some of the key features and functions of their smartphones in a safe manner. While these courses are intended for senior county residents, future courses will be developed as funds become available to reach other unserved or underserved county residents and businesses.
“Many county residents who take advantage of our senior center programs have smartphones, but a limited understanding of how to get the most out of them while staying safe and protecting their privacy,” Sarah said. Henry, director of the regional agency on Aging. “These free courses will provide our older residents with valuable skills and confidence in how to harness technology to improve their daily lives.”
Digital Prince William is a partnership led by the Prince William County Department of Information Technology. Other partner agencies include the Prince William Area Agency on Aging, Office of Communications, Department of Economic Development, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, and Libraries public of Prince William. These partners will play a critical role in shaping the program and reaching the residents and businesses that can benefit the most. Digital Prince William plans to develop future partnerships with nonprofits, business, tech companies and others to scale the program forward.
To learn more about Digital Prince William, sign up for a free course and more, visit: pwcva.gov/digitalpw or call (703) 792-8640 (TTY: 711).