Bridges to Technology

"With access to technology for all"

Bridges to Technology is a program that was originally created by the Stanislaus County Library in partnership with The Great Valley Center, Central Valley Digital Network, and the Corporation for National and Community Service to address the area’s Digital Divide. This program promotes access to technology and information to all people in Stanislaus County. The computer classes administered through this program are taught by trained Stanislaus County Library volunteers dedicated to the issue of Digital Literacy.

Computer Classes are currently being taught. You are invited to attend these courses or to become trained to teach a variety of computer courses.

Computer Class Calendar

Computer Class Descriptions

Volunteer Opportunities
Helpful Websites for learning the Internet
Sitios del Web en Español

What is The Digital Divide?

  • Digital Divide is the gap between different communities in terms of access to technology and the Internet, educational achievement, and employment opportunities.

  • A lack of access to technology within communities based on race/ethnicity, education, and income.

  • Called one of today's most important civil rights issues.

  • An "information gap" in communities under-served by access to technology.

  • Areas that are rich in information are more economically successful and have greater opportunities for personal advancement.

  • The Digital Divide is not just about race and income.  It has many dimensions, including: Small Business vs. Large, Rural vs. Urban, Literacy and Educational Attainment, Elderly vs. Young, Non-English Speaking, Low-Speed vs. High Speed, Low Income vs. High Income, People with Disabilities, and Community Based Organizations.

How you can take advantage of this Program?

If you are interested in attending courses at any of the Stanislaus County Library branches, please phone the appropriate branch for course schedules and availability.

  • Modesto: 558-7814
  • Ceres: 537-8939
  • Denair: 634-1283
  • Empire: 524-5505
  • Hughson: 883-2293
  • Keyes: 664-8006
  • Newman: 862-2010
  • Oakdale: 847-4204
  • Patterson: 892-6473
  • Riverbank: 869-7008
  • Salida: 543-7353
  • Turlock: 664-8100
  • Waterford: 874-2191

If you are interested in becoming a Computer Trainer and Tutor for the Stanislaus County Library, please contact the Reference Department at 558-7814. Volunteer trainers will receive the satisfaction of serving this diverse community as well as recognition at volunteer appreciation events, future work references, and will gain computer skills and teaching experience.