Literacy Council of Montgomery County
LCMC provides a variety of learning pathways for students at all levels. Programs are free or low-cost, and students are able to move from one program to another as their skills progress or their needs change. LCMC offers individual, small-group, and classroom options. They rely on volunteers to help provide many of their direct services, along with professional educators.
Their programs include English as a Second language trainings and pre-GED courses, and GED prep.
Visit their website to sign up.
People receiving social security benefits can apply for free tuition, but will still have to pay for fees and supplies. Montgomery College has their own in house disability services for students. Information is available here. Click this link to learn about their English as a second language programs.
Montgomery County Public Libraries
Visit the MCPL Calendar of Events for a variety of computer literacy courses. Depending on the library the have computer classes, one on one tech tutoring, and open labs with support staff available. They also have tech resources that aren't computer specific. If you know someone that needs help learning to use their phone there is probably a class being offered nearby.
If you'd like to see what they have to offer that isn't tech related you can hit clear, followed by find in the top right of the screen or you can use this link to see their full list of activities including ESL classes, GED prep, exercise groups, and a wide variety of child development resources.
Phoenix Computers offers refurbished computers to the public, pre-loaded with Windows 10, for as low as $25. Cornerstone Montgomery is already a partner with them so we can refer clients to them using the following process.
Phoenix Computers has an online referral process. To create a referral you must 1. Go to http://referral.phoenixcomputers.info/ and create an account. 2. Then use the logout button and then log back in using the username and password that you just created. 3. Fill in your client's information and print the referral for your client. Please make sure to use the 'Print Referral' button at the bottom of the newly created referral. 4. Print it out, sign it and give it to your client to bring in with them.
Once you have obtained your referral all you have to do is to bring it in on the days that we are open to obtain your desktop computer. No appointment is necessary.
If you are helping someone who is not working with a case manager or social worker but is receiving SSI or SSDI benefits they cant bring a copy of their award letter or a form letter from a government welfare agency stating that they are low income.
Project Reboot exists to provide quality computer systems to low income families with school aged children throughout the metropolitan Washington, DC area at the lowest possible cost.