Online Learning Readiness (OLLR) Program FAQ
What will I learn in this training program?
- During the twelve weeks of an OLLR cycle, you will:
- Learn how to become successful in an online learning environment,
- Become proficient in using email and the Internet
- Acquire basic technology skills in Microsoft productivity programs-- Microsoft Word, Excel, Access PowerPoint and Access
- Understand how to protect your computer and yourself in a cyber environment
- Use the Internet and email effectively
- Create a resume, and other materials needed to for job searches
- Create a professional on-line presence
- Learn appropriate workforce readiness skills and techniques such as interviewing and time management
Are there any requirements for this program?
First, you must be a Boston resident.
Second, you must have a high school diploma or a GED/ or participating in a GED Program.
Third, you must be able to read at 9th grade level.
Fourth, you should type at least 14 words wpm.
Do I have to be fluent in English?
Most classes will be conducted in English. However, a key component of OLLR, Microsoft’s online Digital Literacy Program, which is available in most languages.
Do you have to know anything about computers to take this program?
No, this program is designed for individuals with little or no computer skills. You should come to Open Access to practice your typing skills as much as possible.
Are there any costs involved?
OLLR is supported by a grant from the Department of Commerce. During the period of the grant, there is no cost to attend OLLR classes. Those who successfully complete OLLR are eligible to receive a netbook for $50.00 co-pay.
How long is the program?
Each cycle of OLLR lasts approximately 12 weeks.
When do the classes meet?
OLLR will take place at Roxbury Community College, Timothy Smith Lab. Classes meet from Monday to Thursday, from 9 AM to 1:30 PM with a 20 minute break during each class period.
How many students are in each class?
There will be no more than 15 students in each cycle of OLLR.
Where is OLLR going to take place?
OLLR will take place at Roxbury Community College, Timothy Smith Lab.
For more information call (617) 933-7490
How often do I have to come to class?
You are expected to come to class on time and stay for the entire class each day. You must maintain an attendance rate of at least 90% of all classes. Tardiness and leaving early will impact your attendance rate.
What do I have to do to be eligible for a netbook?
- To be eligible for a netbook, you must successfully complete the Online Learning Readiness program. This means that you have:
- Maintained 90% or better attendance through the duration of OLLR
- Actively participated in all class activities and assignments
- Abided by the Code of Conduct and Acceptable Cyber Behavior policy at all times
- Completed all class and homework assignments in a timely manner with at least 85% accuracy. Assignments include creating a resume, cover letter and thank you letter.
- Completed a total of 48 hours of Computer Open Access Time
- Passed the “Digital Literacy Certification” Exam
Am I guaranteed a job at the end of the program?
The Timothy Smith Network is not promising you a job at the end of the program. What it is offering you is a chance to acquire technical skills which will help you become more attractive to prospective employers, improve your computer skills, and increase your understanding of broadband and its position in 21st century workplace and your life.
Is any other training available at the end of OLLR?
The TSN is a Microsoft IT Academy site and as such can offer online advanced technology classes to qualified graduates of OLLR. There may be fees associated with the advanced classes.
How do I sign up for the program?
For more information call (617) 933-7490.
Once you determine that you want to participate in OLLR, an RCC representative will help you in scheduling an intake appointment. This entails completing an OLLR registration form, taking a reading test, and demonstrating your typing abilities. You should allow at least 90 minutes for this process.