Freedom Rings Partnership Holds Graduation

August 11, 2011

On August 11, a ceremony was held for 116 graduates of a Freedom Rings Partnership computer training course. Freedom Rings Partnership is a $25 million, federally-funded initiative, led by the Urban Affairs Coalition, in partnership with the City of Philadelphia, Community College of Philadelphia and Drexel University.  Its goal is to build digital literacy by providing hands-on training to approximately 15,000 low-income residents in 130 locations across Philadelphia. 

The computer training course was offered in partnership with Community College of Philadelphia to residents of the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA). The residents all received netbooks for completing eight-hours of training. Joining PHA Executive Director, Michael P. Kelly and the 116 graduates at the graduation ceremony were Asia Coney, of the Resident Advisory Board; Brigitte Daniel, from Wilco Inc. (and a UAC member); Chief Education Officer for Philadelphia, Lori Shorr; Senior Vice President and Executive Director at Drexel, Brian T. Keech; Manager of Government and Strategic Partnerships for UAC, Arun Prabhakaran; and Director of Corporate Solutions at Community College of Philadelphia, Chuck Rumford. To learn about FREE computer training available to Philadelphia residents, go to or call 311.

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