NFN’s founders built the organization on three pillars in 1995, Access, Content and Education. Public education of digital literacy was a major focus point for NFN volunteers and although after 17 years basic internet skills are not in high demand anymore recent surveys revealed the digital literacy is now a job requirements in professions that have long been hands-on only, but are now moved into the digital age with the advent of mobile technology and a bigger need of reporting and tracking of the workforce.
Basic Computer and Internet classes: Public Library & Naples Free-Net
Many companies require future employees to fill out their job applications online and also require e-mail address for communication. In 2012 the Collier County Library started an initiative together with SWFL Workforce and scheduled classes around libraray branches with a remote computer lab. David Chalick recruited instructors among long time NFN volunteers, and June Scott, Marv Weisberg and Birgit Pauli-Haack held monthly classes at the library. The grant did not renew, and a lot of work still needs to be done so NFN education chair James Mc Donald and David Chalick, head librarian at the Collier County Libraray of Golden Gate branch teamed up and came up with a combined plan for additional computer and internet basic classes held at the pubblic library branches and taught be NFN volunteers.
NFN Walk-in Clinics: Computer, Windows, Email, Internet, Digital Photography
Another area of classes are for all levels of skill sets are held weekly at the NFN offices/Computerlab and are designed to be Walk-In Clinics. People with specific questions to a certain range of topics. The Walk-in clinics are for members and non-members the latter will be asked for a $10 donation to the Naples Free-Net.
NFN Tune-up Tuesdays
NFN Volunteers will tuneup your PC desktop or laptap for more efficient running. Download Microsoft updates; update virus protection, check dialup configuration; install free programs that run diagnostics; download updates to your other programs.
Donations are requested: For Premium members: $25.00; for Standard members: $30.00; and for non-members: $40.00.
We will take 2-3 clients each Tuesday on a first-come, first-served basis only. Call our Helpdesk at 417-1400 each TUESDAY ONLY to reserve a spot as available.