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Young Adults Build, Earn Computers



Young adults who meet income eligibility requirements can learn computer skills and receive their own laptop computers in “Build Me Keep Me,” a class offered through the Fulton County Economic Opportunity Center, Wauseon.

In the class, students learn to build a personal computer, from basic components to finished product. Then at the end of the class they will receive a laptop.

Cara Augustyniak, youth employment and training advisor for the Northwest Ohio Job Center, located in the Fulton County Economic Opportunity Center, also known as the Detwiler Building, said students must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for the class.

Students are assessed based on job aspirations and future training plans. The laptops can be used in college classes.

Students completing the program receive leadership certification, which is industry recognized.

Lisa Arend, Fulton County economic development director, said another section of “Build Me Keep Me” will be held in the summer.

Money for the program comes from Workforce Investment Act dollars.


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