What is Digital Equity?

Digital equity is a condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy and economy.

 

The Concern

Now that our region is focusing on e-learning and job applications have already transitioned onto digital platforms for the most part, it is imperative that every career-seeker in our region has equitable access to technology and internet in order to fairly compete in our economy and workforce. However, our region still faces a digital divide in which not everyone has access to these important and necessary technology capabilities.

 

What The Workforce Connection is Doing About It

We know that technology and internet is not just about being able to access the latest Tik Tok or an entertainment awards recap on Twitter, it is to the point now in our society that it is about equitable access. How can we expect individuals to succeed if they don’t have the necessary tools to achieve that improvement?

“I remember talking about the digital divide in the 1990’s. As much time has passed, and yet we’re still talking about it,” said Dr. Lisa Bly-Jones, Executive Director of The Workforce Connection board. The Workforce Connection recognizes this digital divide and has already given out 10 Chromebooks to participants in need of this assistance. “Providing these Chromebooks and applying for digital equity grants to further this work removes a barrier for the individual so they can be on their path to success.”

Get Connected to our American Job Centers in Belvidere, Freeport, and Rockford to learn more about the services offered to career-seekers by calling 815-847-7574 or emailing info@theworkforceconnection.org.