The Ladder Alliance works with women’s shelters, agencies, and organizations to provide prospective students access to basic computer skills training and high school equivalency test (GED) preparation, empowering them to seek gainful employment, becoming self-sufficient in providing for themselves and their children.
Computer Skills Program
Computer Skills classes cover the topics of: computer navigation basics, keyboarding, Microsoft Word and Excel, internet and e-mail functionality. Students can enroll for morning, afternoon, or evening classes. Child care and a light dinner are provided during the evening classes for students and their children. These additional services are provided at no cost to the students to eliminate barriers the women would have to being able to attend the training sessions. Computer Skills course costs are kept low to ensure affordability, the $10 course fee pays for course material and an optional $5 fee to purchase a flash drive to save students course work.
Morning and afternoon classes
- Four times a week; Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Completed in nine weeks
- Two times a week; Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Completed in 18 weeks
Our GED preparation class covers Math, Reasoning through Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science. Dinner and child care are provided. Participants must have completed the 8th grade and have a combined Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) test skill level of the 6th grade level or higher. Course costs are kept low to ensure affordability, the $20 course fee pays for course material.
- Two times a week; Monday and Wednesday; 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
All students of The Ladder Alliance qualify for training based on being classified as “at-risk” women. The qualifications to become eligible, participants must be currently on or on the verge of accessing public assistance.
Additionally, all prospective students must meet the following guidelines:
- Demonstrate minimum English speaking and reading proficiency upon admission
- Be eighteen years of age or older
- Have high school diploma, GED, enrolled in a GED program or willing to begin work towards their GED
- Have reliable transportation or convenient access to the bus line
All prospective students to The Ladder Alliance Computer Skills program are required to fill out, sign and submit a student application. GED Preparation applicants must call 817-834-2100 to schedule an interview for eligibility.