An expansion of the AIDS Library and the Critical Path Project, The Critical Path Learning Center at Philadelphia FIGHT is an educational commons and stigma-free space devoted to the intersection of health and literacy for the digital age. We nurture life-long learning through meaningful, relevant, non-judgmental education for all people in our community, including people living with HIV, hepatitis C, and other chronic health conditions. Our core programs include a health resources library, technology access and training, adult education, employment resources, and hospitality services.
The Critical Path Learning Center is currently under construction, and we anticipate opening to the public in Spring 2018. To stay in touch with us during renovation:
- Follow the Critical Path Project on Facebook
- Join our Remind group for text message reminders by texting the message “2dc2e49” to 81010
- We will be providing computer access, info and referral services, and a small set of AIDS Library materials in the Critical Path Computer lab at 1233 Locust Street, 3rd
- Mondays 1pm-4pm
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 11am-3pm
- We will be teaching computer classes and GED prep classes out of our temporary offices at 1417 Locust Street, 3rd
- For more information or to make an appointment with the Critical Path Learning Center staff, please call 215-985-4448 extension 140
Coming in Spring 2018, we are excited to offer the following services in the Critical Path Learning Center:
Health Resources Library.
The AIDS Library collection has expanded to include a wide variety of consumer health resources on topics such as: HIV, hepatitis C, diabetes, heart health, spiritual growth and wellness, nutrition across the life-span, and much more. All of our materials can be enjoyed in house, and we have many health-related pamphlets and magazines available for free. Workshops and public programming cover health and wellness topics including: how to find reliable health information online, mobile apps for health and wellness, and stress management.
As a KEYSPOT site, we provide free access to technology and the internet during our open access hours including desktop computer workstations and iPad/tablet stations. For individuals bringing their own mobile technology, we have free wifi and charging stations. Our suite of digital literacy classes and workshop series are designed to provide computer basics for new learners and more advanced skills for those ready to take the next step. Drop in for a single workshop or enroll in a longer course.
Our Adult Education Instruction includes Adult Basic Education (ABE) and GED preparation, as well as digital literacy courses ranging from basic computing to proficiency with Microsoft Office tools and social media. All classes offered by the Learning Center are designed to meet adult learners where they are at, and to provide them with tech skills that support their goals. Our courses are small, student-focused, and provide authentic learning opportunities that draw on participants’ own expertise and life experience. Each learner has the opportunity to access one-on-one support and case management to help them reach their educational goals.
For individuals looking for new job opportunities or those wishing to build their workforce-ready skills, we provide individualized resume and job search support, digital literacy courses, and job readiness workshops. Through a partnership with District 1199c, we offer an intensive 8 week Workforce Development course for job seekers who want support building those critical “soft skills” employers are seeking. We specialize in working with individuals with limited employment history or long stretches of unemployment to meet their employment and career goals.
Hospitality and Support Services
In order to ensure that all individuals are able to take advantage of the variety of formal and informal learning opportunities at the Critical Path Learning Center, we offer a full suite of wrap around services including case management, amenity kits, a clothing closet with casual and dress options, and laundry services.