For CORE’s adult students, who are primarily immigrants, women, and people of color, job security and career advancement depend on gaining digital skills to navigate a rapidly changing landscape – skills that, at CORE, they can grasp quickly and affordably without fear of judgment. Providing free online classes alongside free refurbished computers, no learning opportunity is too small for CORE. Students begin the moment they receive their computers, as volunteers demonstrate how to enter the virtual classroom environment in which they will participate. Classes cover the basics of Word, PowerPoint, and Google Workspace and more advanced offerings in coding and website development are available as they progress. As digital technology continues to advance, CORE ensures these 600+ adults each year are not left behind.

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49)

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students

Awards & Recognition

Named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the "Best Local Charities" in December 2008 issue, second year in a row.


  • Courses for adults in Virginia looking to enhance computer skills
    Thu Dec 1 2011, WAMU 88.5 FM  
    Computer CORE is providing an opportunity to low-income Northern Virginian residents to achieve computer literacy.

Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Computer CORE is: Less than $500k

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