Last week, Capital Blue Cross donated 80 computer monitors to Tec Centro in Lancaster for use in community job training programs.
Formed in 2014, Tec Centro is an educational arm of the Hispanic American Civic Association. The organization’s mission is to provide workforce development in the Latin American community with basic language and education skills as well as job training and job placement.
The monitors will allow Tec Centro to expand its vocational training offerings and replace aging machines in other programs, said Reinaldo Rivera, the organization’s associate director.
This work instruction includes plumbing; electric; heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration; medical training and soon a certificate in software programming.
Certificate training is offered by Harrisburg Area Community College and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.
“What we’re trying to do is break the cycle of poverty,” Rivera said.
In fiscal 2019-20, Tec Centro served more than 1,200 people, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exacerbated employment issues for people in marginalized communities.
The Wednesday Monitor donation is part of Capital’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of hard-to-reach communities.
“Computer screens are our windows to the world today, giving us access to the information we need to learn, live and work,” said Susan Hubley, vice president of corporate social responsibility. businesses at Capital Blue Cross, in a press release. “This donation will help many people who sometimes struggle to get that access.”