Community Tech Workers: A Community-Driven Model to Support Economic Mobility and Bridge the Digital Divide in the U.S.
MICHWA and UofM
Community Health Workers
Workforce Development Focus
Increasing number of healthcare workers
Workforce Issue Addressed
Training individuals to work in a healthcare profession
The Community Tech Worker program is located at University of Michigan and is funded through a grant from the NSF. The program trains individuals to become community tech workers, who will provide knowledge and support about the Internet and technology to aging residents in a public housing authority in Detroit and refugees in a public housing community in Ypsilanti. MiCHWA is involved in the project because they are cross-training the community tech workers to become community health workers. This allows the community workers to help individuals with their technological needs as well as their health needs.