Our mission is to provide technology training and computer access to the community, fostering skills that enable people to succeed in the digital age.
Austin Free-Net believes that access to the internet is imperative in the 21st century and beyond and those without the digital skills to use any digital device and specifically computers are at a disadvantage.
Those most affected by the digital divide are among the most underserved groups in the Austin community. Many do not have computers or broadband connections in their homes. The digital divide means they are unable to take advantage of economic and educational opportunities.
Austin Free-Net is working to spread digital literacy to the underserved through three major areas:
- ACCELERATE Workforce Development Program
As a Texas Workforce Commission Self-Sufficiency Program offered through Austin Free-Net, we provide CompTIA certification classes. The program is designed to provide computer skills training that will lead to permanent employment opportunities for adult recipients of TANF or those at risk of becoming TANF recipients. The class is also open to those who would like to “restart their career” in the fast-growing tech industry.
- Digital Literacy Program
The digital literacy program provides free computer and internet access to community members in Community Technology Access Labs, located in public facilities across Austin, as well as free instruction in technology use. Our instruction, currently offered at seven locations, addresses the needs and goals of adult learners through classes, workshops, and one-on-one coaching. We work to build the confidence and competence of adult learners so that they may achieve their goals and feel empowered to use technology. Our work serves a diverse group of community members, including people experiencing homelessness, seniors, new immigrants to Austin, low-income families, people in transition from incarceration, and more.
- Specialty Training Programs (fee for services)
Austin Free-Net offers training programs that are focused on client goals, with curriculum set accordingly. For example, we have provided training classes to parents in the Austin Independent School District about how to use the School Portal.
New technology promises an opportunity for all, but only on an equal playing field, with equal access to information, education and involvement in the community. Anyone that has the desire should have access to technology, including broadband connections, and assistance to learn. With these facts in mind, Austin Free-Net exists to make equal access to computing resources and training a reality.
Our Vision: A world without digital barriers.
Austin Free-Net, is a 501(c)(3) a nonprofit organization that has been working to bridge the Digital Divide in the Austin area since 1995.