CORE's students are primarily immigrants, individuals whose home-country education doesn't translate in the US, people of color. Seventy percent are women, many of whom have never touched a keyboard, have little or no computer skills, no bank account, formal savings, job connections, or workforce skills. They face a higher risk of job insecurity, inconvenient work hours, and lack of benefits all intensified during COVID-19. CORE offers no-cost (virtual since mid-March) classes: keyboarding, internet research strategies, e-mail, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other basics. It also focuses on career navigation, application support, resume writing, mock interviews, job placement, and job retention guidance. CORE has made sure that students who need them have refurbished laptops and access to free or low-cost broadband. As the world turns increasingly digital insistently so during this pandemic the skills students learn are, literally, life-saving.

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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