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The ORT-KesherNet Centre, Kineshma

The ORT-KesherNet Centre in Kineshma for information and communication technologies began its operations in 2002. It is housed in Kineshma’s Centre for Continuing Education. The main aim of the centre is to improve the social and economic status of socially vulnerable segments of the population by providing training for professional work with new information technologies. The centre’s target audience includes unemployed women, disabled people, elderly people and young students. Members of the Jewish community access the centre and benefit from Jewish educational programming, which teaches the traditions and history of the Jewish people.

In 2009 the centre became a part of the global HP GET-IT (now called HP LIFE) initiative to accelerate micro-entrepreneurship. This is a global program that trains students, potential entrepreneurs and small business owners to harness the power of IT in order to establish and grow their businesses.

Name of Center ORT-KesherNet Centre
Location Kineshma\Russia
Age range Adult education and training
Students 255
Teachers 2


The centre’s educational reach is greatly extended by a mobile class. The following courses are offered:

Fundamentals of Computer Literacy

This course introduces students to the principles of working with a PC, to working with Microsoft Windows, to the concept of electronic file systems, to Microsoft Office, and to computer security issues. The centre teaches this course a lot to people with disabilities.

Microsoft Word

This course teaches students the fundamentals of Microsoft Word, for example formatting text, creating lists and tables, working with graphics.

Microsoft Excel

This course teaches students the fundamentals of Microsoft Excel, for example inputting and editing data, using functions and formulae, creating charts.

Computer Graphics and Design

This course covers the basics of design, Adobe Photoshop raster graphics, Corel Draw vector graphics, the differences between vector and raster graphics, and techniques for combining both types of graphics.

Adobe Photoshop

This course covers tools and panels, working with text, working with layers, tone and colour correction, retouching and effects.

ICT for Beginner Entrepreneurs

This course teaches prospective entrepreneurs and small business owners the basics of ICT which they will require for work purposes. The curriculum is developed by Microenterprise Acceleration Institute (MEA-I) in cooperation with Hewlett Packard.

"Computer for Life"

The course is developed by ORT-SPb Vocational Training Centre and experts of ORT-Yekaterinburg Vocational Training Centre with aim to help aged people to study basics of IT and adapt to life in digital society.   

This course consists of three modules:

Module 1 "Medical Passport" (18 hours). 

1) Make an appointment to see a doctor. Online expert advice.

2) Search for media resources on medical subjects. Search for medical services. Search medicins. Online pharmacy.

3) Journal of doctor visits. Archives of Medical Research in Excel.

4) Scanning documents.

Module 2: Electronic finance (18 hours)

1) Register on the portal of public services

2) The tax debt, penalties.

3) Electronic payments. Electronic wallets. Online store.

4) Electronic family budget. Family financial calculations in spreadsheets.

Module 3: Information flows (18 hours)

1) Collection of news from all sites in one place.

2) Search, download and use a variety of file formats for electronic books.

3) Exchange of large information flows.