Mid-State Literacy Council launches program to help ‘grandfamilies’ gain computer skills
For grandparents, raising grandchildren can come with added stress, but the Mid-State Literacy Council is attempting to ease the burden placed on “grandfamilies” by teaching computer literacy skills in a first-time program.
MSLC Executive Director Amy Wilson saw a gap that needed to be filled after seeing a rise in the number of Centre County grandfamilies — grandparents raising the children of their drug addicted offspring. With help from funds awarded by the Downtown State College Rotary Club, MSLC was able to purchase equipment to use in the program, which is set to launch next month.
“Everything has gone online — access to health care and almost all access to school information,” Wilson said. “Realizing how many people didn’t have computer skills or digital literacy skills, I wondered what was happening with the children.”