Most jobs today require some level of computer proficiency, but if you don't grow up with your hands on a keyboard, how are you supposed to learn? At Computer CORE, low-income adults get the technical and life skills they didn't learn as kids. Some are unemployed; most hold one or more low-wage jobs, typically without benefits or opportunities for advancement; two-thirds are women; many are first-generation immigrants. A six-month computer training course helps them conquer fears and learn computer basics: keyboarding; working with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; using email and the internet. CORE students also have the opportunity to receive a home computer, enabling them to hone their skills, and share what they have learned with family members. Instructors advise and mentor students identifying existing skills, nurturing interests, working on job search strategies. An astonishing 93% of CORE students graduate and start new careers, receive promotions, and go on to advanced education programs. Catalogue donors: help your neighbors join the computer age and find a job that means both security and dignity.

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 (FY2013)

  • $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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