Having computer access at home makes a big difference - especially during a pandemic

photo of Rachel and her laptop

Without a personal computer, Rachel lacked access to training and job applications, especially during the pandemic. But she was determined to gain skills to reach her career goals, despite the technical barriers she faced.

Rachel used the computer at her local library to meet virtually with her employment counselors at Hired, a CareerForce partner. She used her phone to listen to online Medical Call Center classes. Halfway through the program, Rachel’s employment counselors surprised her with a laptop, thanks to funding through MicroGrants and Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

With access to technology at home, Rachel finished the rest of her training and eagerly began job searching with her new laptop. You can find updates on Rachel's job search story on the Hired website.

CareerForce partners throughout Minnesota are working to break down the digital divide by distributing computer equipment. People selected to receive computer equipment are identified through the CareerForce staff or partners they are working with based on eligibility requirements.