Lawson ORT Career Centre in Yekaterinburg

The Lawson ORT Career Center was officially opened in April 2005, and is accommodated within the Jewish Community Center in Yekaterinburg. The aim of the Center is to provide ICT training for the Jewish population of the city, in order to help people secure employment. In 2007, the center became part of the global HP GET-IT (now called HP LIFE) program that trains students, potential entrepreneurs and small business owners – regardless of background – to harness the power of IT in order to establish and grow their businesses.

Name of CenterLawson ORT Career Center at the Yekaterinburg Jewish Community Center (HP-ORT GET-IT Center)
Age rangeAdult education and training

ICT Courses

Courses and workshops are aimed at assisting students to master ICT skills which they can go on to use in professional life.

Basic level for senior people:

  • PC user
  • Introduction to the Internet

Advanced level:

  • Electronic Family Archive
  • Advanced PC user
  • Internet for life
  • PC configuring
  • Image processing

Professional level

  • Presentation technologies and computer graphics
  • Personal internet safety
  • Spreadsheet programmes
  • Database programming
  • Single information and educational environment
  • Information security
  • Computer literacy

The centre has given technical and consulting support to Ohr Avner Gymnasium, Yekaterinburg in purchasing new ICT equipment and introducing a new network. Training was provided for school teachers and administrators on using interactive whiteboards, teaching robotics and developing a single information educational environment.

  • Stimulating computer science and ICT
  • Computer graphics and animation

Cooperation with Jewish Organizations and Community

Lawson ORT Career Center at the Yekaterinburg Jewish Community Center provides training in ICT for members of the Jewish community, consultations for the Jewish Community Center’s specialists on ICT issues, technical support for the Jewish Community’s events and actions, and organisation of seminars and conferences in the field of ICT and entrepreneurship.  

The Center also cooperates with the Jewish Agency and JDC, providing technical support for training and testing, and participating in projects and activities.  

The Lawson ORT Career Centre’s staff have developed new courses and learning content in conjunction with ORT VTC in St. Petersburg. Within the framework of the joint project "Improvement of the system of training of aged people in the field of modern information technologies", the following work was completed:

  • G.Brusnitsyna and I.Lebedintseva developed educational programs and kits (including a manual for teachers and resources for the participants) on the course "Computer for Life" for the aged people.
  • A training program for teachers to implement the course was developed and tested.
  • G.Brusnitsyna and I.Lebedintseva developed and conducted training modules and the distance course for educators "Methods and practices of training aged people", which ORT VTC St.St. Petersburg provides.
  • I.Shelegova became the winner of the contest of developers of teaching materials for aged students.

Employees of the Lawson ORT Career Centre have actively cooperated with the Committee on Industry and Business ofAdministration of Yekaterinburg and the Regional Women Fund for Development of Women's Entrepreneurship  for several years. Within the framework of this cooperation more than 200 students of various educational institutions of Yekaterinburg and women entrepreneurs had been trained in the HP LIFE program.

the director of the Lawson ORT Career Centre Galina Brusnitsyna , who is also the master trainer of the HP LIFE program, conducted a training of trainers on the HP LIFE program for the following groups:

  • Teachers of the vocational training institutions of the Sverdlovsk region
  • Teachers of vocational training institutions of Khanty-Mansiysk District
  • Heads and young leaders of the All-Russian educational children centre “Orlyonok”

In addition, the Centre conducted training of schoolchildren and college students of Yekaterinburg on this program.

Since 2012, the Lawson ORT Career Centre has worked on the Cisco Networking Academy program. Training courses are conducted in two main directions: IT Essentials, CCNA and one express – Internet of Everything.


The Lawson ORT Career Centre became one of the organizers of the project of Craft Park "Gallery of Masters", aimed for the development of arts and crafts in the Sverdlovsk region. There were a lot of events held  within the project, which were attended by deputies of the Legislative Assembly of Sverdlovsk region and officials from various ministries. The Lawson ORT Career Centre trained crafts workers on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship (based on HP LIFE program) and initiated a competition of business projects for the development of entrepreneurship in the field of arts and crafts.

In the 2015-2016 academic year in Yekaterinburg, the project "Incubator PROF" was launched and Lawson ORT Career Centre became one of the organizers. Within the project more than 60 senior school students from various schools in the city of Yekaterinburg started to be trained for 5 profiles:

  • Mobile app programming
  • Hardware and software and network administration
  • Imaging
  • Fundamentals of mechatronics and mobile robotics
  • Fundamentals of modelling and prototyping (3D format)

Co-organizers of this project are Ural Federal University, Ural Polytechnic College and the Centre for New Information Technologies and Lawson ORT Career Centre all who develop, implement and promote new forms of vocational training for students in the field of Hi-Tech industry. Visit project website. In November 2015 the first Incubator team participated at the National WorldSkills Championship in the JuniorSkills  category of competence "Mobile Robotics" and at the meeting of the Board of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of the Sverdlovsk region senior school students were delivered certificates as the first project participants who have completed a course on "Mechatronics".

Contribution to the national education system

Since 2011, the Lawson ORT Career Center in Yekaterinburg has participated in a program aimed at the promotion and development of robotics, entitled “Robotics: training of engineers and technical specialists for innovation in Russia”. The Center organized an academic conference in conjunction with the Ural branch of the Russian Academy of Education on the subject of the “Informatization of Education in the Sverdlovsk Area”. Lawson ORT Career Center’s experts are the members of the Sverdlovsk Regional Coordination Council for Robotics Development in secondary schools. 

In 2013, 2014 and 2015 three All-Russian scientific and research "Methods of teaching the fundamentals of robotics in primary and secondary education" conferences were held. The theme of the year in 2014 was "Continuity of Engineering Education", and in 2015 was “STEM education and robotics".

In 2014 and 2015 "Robotraffic" competitions (developed by the Leumi Robotics Center of the Technion) became a part of the All-Russian Robotic Olympiad. To promote this event in 2015, workshops for regional representatives were organized (in cooperation with ORT VTC in St. Petersburg).

In 2013, on ORT's initiative, the All-Russian project "Practical Robotics for students based on Arduino”, for 100 teachers, which took place within the framework of distance learning, began.

In 2014, on ORT's initiative, the All-Russian experimental platform of the Federal Institute for Educational Development on the theme "Development of scientific and technical creativity and improvement of technical training of school and university students by means of Robotics” was opened and it is curated by the Director of the Lawson ORT Career Center in Yekaterinburg, G.Brusnitsyna.