Manor College Receives PA Grant for Digital Literacy

This is the third time Manor College received funds from digital literacy grants.

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Manor College is among 50 community organizations throughout Pennsylvania who received a grant aimed at improving digital literacy among job seekers, the Commonwealth announced. 

“This is our third year receiving this support from the PA Department of Labor and Industry,” said Dr. Jonathan Peri, President of Manor College. “We notice some other institutions of higher education joining the cohort for the first time. We are proud to boast that we were the first in the southeast, and with this being our third year, we have a refined approach.”

At Manor College, the grant will help fund digital literacy efforts through the new Manor College Career Center. The Career Center opened during the spring semester as part of a Title III service provided to students that helps launch students into the next phase of their professional lives. It is run by Career Center Director, Michael Clark. 

“This grant supports our student instruction in the areas of digital literacy for online job applications, social media presence, and career advancement in the digital age,” Nicholas Rudnytzky, Dean of Academic Affairs said. “Our faculty spend a great deal of time working with students on their resumes, online interviewing, and other practical strategies for online career seeking. This grant supports leveling up on that instruction.”

The digital literacy grant has continued to help Manor College students. Margherita D’Ottavi ‘23 received career search training through her classes.

“The most useful lesson I took away was making sure I was well informed about a workplace before applying,” said D’Ottavi, who held externships at Cornell University Equine Hospital and Hickory Veterinary and Specialty Hospital. “If the workplace isn’t a fit for you, then you shouldn’t be afraid to politely refuse an offer and look elsewhere. But it is also important to make the most of every opportunity, especially when it comes to externships.”

The Department of Labor and Industry’s digital literacy grants provide funding to organizations in local communities that teach residents how to effectively navigate platforms used in the job search process and the workplace. This includes digital fundamentals, digital citizenship and understanding digital information. 

“Digital literacy programs offer every Pennsylvanian a chance to compete for a good job on a level playing field, and the Shapiro Administration is committed to supporting the programs across the Commonwealth that are connecting talented individuals with the knowledge they need to open doors to opportunity, Nancy A. Walker, Labor and Industry Secretary, said. “With this round of funding, we’re ensuring that organizations serving nearly two-thirds of Pennsylvania counties are empowered to offer this valuable service. 

This marks the Department’s fifth round of digital literacy funding and the third time Manor College has received these funds. In total, the department awarded 29 organizations with established programs and 21 organizations that will use the funding to start new programs.

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