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.


Certification Levels

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


Bronze certification

  • Recognize the importance of
    digital literacy
  • Display interest in improving
    digital skills

Silver certification

  • Awareness of careers using technology
  • Typing skills – at least 25 words
    per minute
  • Demonstrate use of professional email address
  • 85% or higher score on digital literacy assessments covering essential computer skills

Gold certification

  • Typing skills – over 35 words per minute
  • 85% or higher score on digital literacy assessments covering essential computer skills, essential software skills and use of technology in daily life 
  • Additional coursework including G-Suite and Microsoft Office applications

Platinum certification

  • Typing skills – over 45 words per minute
  • Completion of examinations for certification in
    G-Suite and/or Microsoft Office applications
  • Demonstrated awareness of basic coding

Diamond certification

  • Diamond certification requirements
    coming soon!

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

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.