Technology Education Program


Overview of the Program

The Technology Education Program is grant funded and offered by the University of Kansas and University of Missouri - Kansas City. The program is for women who have been recently released from jail or prison. The program teaches computer skills that are important for job participation and career advancement such as Microsoft office, personal branding, and website creation and management. The program is free to participate in and in order to qualify participants must: 

1. Identify as female 

2. Be 18 years of age or older 

3. Have served time in jail or prison 

4. Live in Kansas or Missouri or served time in a Kansas or Missouri jail or prison

How the Educational Program Works

Our Technology Education Program takes place completely online. We use a learning management system (LMS) website where participants will access everything for our program. Each week participants will have access to lesson videos, activities, and places to submit the activities for feedback from the instructor. There is also a chat feature on the website so participants can send their instructors messages. Details on the LMS are covered during a participant's orientation to the program.

Our program requires participants to have access to a laptop or desktop computer and the Internet. participants will be asked to access these devices about 1-2 hours per week. 

Participants should plan to spend about 1-2 hours per week on the lessons. This class is taught on your own time which means that there are no live sessions or set days and times that participants have to be online. Participants can view the videos and do the activities on their own time and at Their own pace. Participants can watch the videos and do the activities just once or as many times as they want.

Phases Offered

Phase 1 Microsoft Office / Google Drive: Covers introductory skills in online security, Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), social media, and online information assessment. You will complete lessons and activities on things like creating and formatting word documents, using formulas in Excel spreadsheets, creating resumes, and more.

Devices needed to participate: Access to the Internet and access to a Smartphone or Tablet or Laptop or Desktop Computer. 

Recommended Comfort Level: All levels welcome especially those with little to no experience using digital devices.

Length of Session: 1 week orientation for participants brand new to our program + 6 weeks of lessons

Phase 2 Intro to Website Building: Focuses on personal branding and on creating personal or professional websites. You will complete lessons on creating personal websites, social media, and at the end of the session you will create your own website using Google Sites or Wix.

Devices needed to participate: Access to the Internet and access to a Smartphone or Tablet or Laptop or Desktop Computer. Access to a laptop or desktop computer required for the final two lessons.

Recommended Comfort Level: For those with some experience using Microsoft Office programs and computers.

Length of Session: 1 week orientation for participants brand new to our program + 5 weeks of lessons

Phase 3 WordPress: Used by more than 60 million websites WordPress is the most popular website builder used. In this phase you will learn how to create a personal and a business website using WordPress.

Devices needed to participate: Access to the Internet and access to a Laptop or Desktop Computer.

Recommended Comfort Level: For those who are very comfortable using Laptop or Desktop Computers on a regular basis.

Length of Session: 1 week orientation + 7 weeks of lessons

Phase 4 Advanced Spreadsheet: Many now require that their employees have the skills to use Microsoft Excel for keeping track of inventory, budgets, client data and more! This course will teach you how to enter data into spreadsheets, basic excel functions, creating charts and functions for handling larger sets of data.

Devices needed to participate: Access to the Internet and access to a Laptop or Desktop Computer that has Microsoft Office installed. 

Recommended Comfort Level: For those with some experience using Microsoft Office programs and computers.

Length of Session: 1 week orientation + 6 weeks of lessons

Phase 5 Digital Storytelling: Story telling is one of the most effective methods in marketing, communication and business to getting noticed. In this course you will learn how to create visual and written stories about yourself or a subject important to you.  

Devices needed to participate: Access to the Internet and access to a Smartphone AND a Laptop or Desktop Computer. 

Recommended Comfort Level: For those who have some experience using digital devices and Microsoft Office Programs. 

Length of Session: 1 week orientation + 5 weeks of lessons 

Phase 6 Advanced Digital Storytelling: Focuses on interviewing techniques and skills needed for a variety of digital storytelling applications. In this phase you will learn about practical uses of digital storytelling through interviews, podcasting, vlogging, and animation. Special focus lies on the use of digital storytelling applications for public relations, business, and entrepreneurial aspects. You will complete lessons and apply your skills through activities such as writing reflections and producing content for a podcast, vlog, or an animation. 
 
Devices needed to participate: Access to the Internet and access to a Smartphone, Tablet or Desktop Computer.  

Recommended Comfort Level: Prerequisite is Phase 5: Digital Storytelling. Please complete Phase 5 before starting on Advanced Digital Storytelling.  

Length of Session: 5 weeks of lessons 

Phase A Computing Introduction: This course is designed to help you feel more comfortable with computers. You will learn not only how computers work but also the hardware components for computers. 

Devices needed to participate: Access to the Internet and access to a Laptop or Desktop Computer. 

Recommended Comfort Level: For those who have some experience using a Laptop or Desktop Computers. 

Length of Session: 1 week orientation + 5 weeks of lessons 

How to Enroll

If you feel you meet the program eligibility and are interested in learning more about the educational program, please complete the enrollment form below. A member from our team will be in contact with you within 24-48 hours.

If you are an organization interested in learning more about our program on behalf of your clients, please contact Kim Bruns, Program Coordinator, kbruns@ku.edu 785-864-1561.
Participant in the Technology Education Program receives help from her instructor.