Internet usage in newly-connected First Nation communities is soaring. All that enthusiasm translates into a sharp increase in the demand for computer and internet-related training.
Pathways to Technology is empowering communities and new users to create a better future by taking full advantage of the benefits of high-speed internet.
Once the physical infrastructure for high-speed Internet is in place, our team works with communities to ensure they are equipped with the tools and knowledge required to reap its benefits. We work closely with their administrative offices, health centres, schools, and IT departments to transfer knowledge and build expertise on the specific configuration requirements for each community.
Even after communities are connected, the Pathways to Technology team remains available to provide guidance, answer questions and resolve any issues that are faced in transitioning to high-speed internet.
2. Capacity Building Services
In addition to Pathways to Technology’s direct efforts, the project also facilitates further training and consulting services at no cost to newly-connected communities. The curriculum has been developed in partnership with Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation. Courses cover the fundamentals of computer technology and software programs. Topics are tailored to community interests, such as online commerce and social networking.
Community members can continue to improve their skills through a suite of distance learning and in-person options at Thompson Rivers University.