Philadelphia’s network of KEYSPOT open access computer labs is continually growing and expanding. Six new KEYSPOTs were established in 2017, bringing the network to a total of 52 sites. This upcoming Spring Philadelphia FIGHT, one of the original KEYSPOT sites, will launch the Critical Path Learning Center, an expansion of the AIDS library and the Critical Path Project that will build on the KEYSPOT model of open access and digital literacy programming. FIGHT will also expand their educational programming to include adult basic education, GED and life skills classes which will also cover digital literacy skills.
The Critical Path Learning Center will offer stronger wraparound services like case management, while also expanding basic services. The Center will have a clothing closet with casual and workforce clothing, toiletries, and a laundry service. Philadelphia FIGHT’s workforce offerings will increase to include individualized job coaching, more workshops and seminars around soft skills. Due to their long-time relationship with District 1199C Training and Developing Fund they will continue to offer and build on their workforce development course.
2018 ANNOUNCEMENT: The AIDS Library space is being completely remodeled, beginning in February and will continue through April. Starting February 5th they will be offering open access and digital literacy instruction one floor up from the AIDS Library on the 3rd floor at 1233 Locust Street temporarily until the remodel is completed. The temporary KEYSPOT hours starting February 5th are as follows:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 11- 3pm
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: Closed
Some of the remodeling will include replacing the separate lab space with integrated technology throughout the entire space with desktop stations and tablet stations as well as intentional charging stations for those who would like to charge their personal devices.