Minister launches CLiC @ DIT

Minister Phil Hogan commends Computer Learning in Communities

23rd June 2011

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Successful graduates of the CLiC programme

Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD, today launched CLiC - an integrated programme of computer learning for all ages organised by Dublin Institute of Technology Community Links. 

CLiC is designed to work with Dublin inner-city communities and schools.  Offering a range of training and educational opportunities in ICT skills, CLiC makes serious learning fun. It aims to build competence and self confidence for children, young people and adults and to provide routes for participants to find employment or go on to further education. 

The Minister was welcomed on campus to a fanfare played by children from the Ballymun Music Programme.  In addition to launching the programme, the Minister  congratulated those receiving Certificates for the courses they have completed, and presented the “Student of the Year” Award to Alan Lyons from Clondalkin.

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Minister Hogan with Alan Lyons, CLiC student of the year

Congratulating Alan, Minister Hogan said “Alan started doing beginners courses and progressed to completing Microsoft IC3; he then completed the Introduction to Learning and Teaching Technologies in DIT; he then undertook Microsoft Office Specialist course, and has gone on to teach a range of computer courses in community centres across Dublin.  On top of all this, Alan is currently in his final year at Dublin City University studying for a BSc in Education and Training.  In short, he is a most worthy winner of the Community Links Student of the Year Award and I am delighted to present this to him!”

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Minister Hogan speaking at the event

"CLiC - computer learning in communities"

The new CLiC programme includes some existing initiatives in IT training organised by DIT Community Links as well as a range of new programmes.  According to Professor Tommy Cooke, head of Community Links in DIT, “The CLiC programme works with inner-city schools and communities to provide information technology training for people at all ages and stages of their lives."

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Professor Tommy Cooke speaking at the event

At the moment the programme engages with more than 1800 individuals each year. Children – in school or in the community – may be interested in digital animation, 3D design, or comic making, while residents in communities may be more interested in training as a route to employment or to further education.

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Minister Hogan with a musician from the Ballymun Music Programme

CLiC Mobile training unit

Not every inner-city community is equipped for ICT training, but as Professor Cooke explained, “CLiC is also a mobile programme – a trainer can arrive at a community centre that has no ICT provision, bringing a ready-to-go unit of laptops with USB broadband, and delivering training on the spot.  The mobile unit started earlier this year and already is working with nine different groups, totalling 80 participants – some of whom are receiving Certificates today.”   

Graduates of various training programmes were present at today’s launch and were presented with Certificates for the courses they have completed by the President of DIT, Professor Norton, and the Director of Student Services, Dr. Noel O’Connor. 

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Members of the Ballymun Music Programme playing at the event

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