Student Profile: Equipped with English & Computer Skills


By Alba Escobar, AmeriCorps Computer Literacy Instructor

Lorenza crop“I decided to take a computer class because I did not know anything about computers,” Lorenza Solana says.

She was missing out on job opportunities because she didn’t have computer skills. Now, after completing PC for Beginners and Office Track in Spanish at Thomson Elementary School, she feels more equipped and is eager to continue learning more on her own.

“I am going to school to learn English and sometimes in my school we have to do work in the computer,” Lorenza says, “I used to get frustrated because I didn’t know how to use Office programs like Microsoft Word.”

Lorenza typing2While studying with Byte Back, she has also been taking English as a second language courses at Carlos Rosario School.

Combining English and her new computer skills will open up more doors of opportunity for Lorenza.

While she is a student, Lorenza is a dedicated mother of a 6-year-old boy, and she is passionate about helping out in the community.

“I like to help others because this world needs more helping hands, and anybody can make a difference in someone’s life,” Lorenza says.

My goal is to find a job where I can use the computer, because I like to learn about new technology,” she says. She also hopes to help others by volunteering as a translator at the hospital because she knows what it feels like to be unable to speak the language or communicate with the doctors.


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