Rose Levesque, a shy welfare recipient now in her 20s, got poor grades in school. She dropped out. There was a problem in her life. She could never follow anything to its conclusion.
Then the Suffolk County Labor Department suggested 12 weeks of computer training with LINCT. A quitter no more, she learned-and-earned her computer and LINCT's official certificate in computer skills.
"This is the first thing I've ever finished," she recalls. "I never ever graduated from school."
Working with computers made her more confident, and other trainees liked her. She became a LINCT instructor--inspiring others and setting her sights on college.
Jared Luxenberg was a student in the 6th grade in Melrose, Massachusetts, when he got involved in a LINCT after-school program.
And he credits LINCT and its first coalition member--the Center for Information, Technology, and Society--for introducing him to computers.
The program taught Jared and other students the basic inner workings of one of the earliest widely used desktop PCs--the 386.
He shared his skills with other students--a key idea of LINCT--and went on to become a computer consultant.
To Jared, teaching and learning are inseparable.
Today he's studying computer science at Carnegie Mellon University and interned at Yahoo this summer.