Digital Literacy

Goodwill of Central Iowa is ready to help you increase your computer skills!

Through the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator, you can gain valuable digital skills to improve
career possibilities and demonstrate to employers that you have what it takes to be successful
in a new job, a promotion or a career change.

start improving your digital skills today


Digital Literacy Resources

Self-Paced Learning

Some of these resources, including Northstar Assessments and Google Applied Digital Skills, require a username and password to log in.

Contact Justin Bogers or any member of the Goodwill Career Connection Center team for more information.

Northstar Assessments 

Northstar Learning Guide

Google Applied Digital Skills*

G-Suite Learning Center

GCF Learn Free

Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum

Tech Boomers

*Sign up as a student and use classroom code G8KYKZ

Certification Levels

The GDCA certification process provides a path for learning and
growth as you progress through each level.

Bronze certification

  • Basic introduction to digital literacy
  • 1-on-1 overview of concepts with a Career Connector
  • Identify career goals and align with digital skills

Silver certification

  • Achieve typing speed of 25 words per minute
  • Introduction to foundational digital platforms (internet, email, Windows)
  • Pass introductory digital skills assessments

Gold certification

  • Achieve typing speed of 35 words per minute (career standard)
  • Demonstrate understanding of professional social media use
  • Demonstrate proficiency in cloud-based platforms (G-Suite, Microsoft Suite – Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

Platinum certification

  • Achieve typing speed of 45 words per minute (advanced standard)
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic coding techniques
  • Obtain Google industry certifications

Together, Goodwill and Google are empowering people with the digital skills they need to advance their careers and transform their lives.

Technology is constantly changing, and having strong digital skills can lead to a successful job search and a fulfilling career. From strengthening basic computer skills to gaining in-depth knowledge of Google software, this digital skills program is designed to fit all levels of experience and interests.