Innovation & Technology Institute

YWCA Innovation & Technology Institute (ITI) boasts state-of-the-art technology facilities designed to help you expand and strengthen your business and personal computer skills. We offer a wide variety of free and low-fee classes for individuals seeking to start new careers, change careers, or grow personal interests. We are an authorized certification testing center for Certiport, the administrator of industry recognized technology certification testing.

After you’ve completed our registration form, you will have access to  our online training. Register here: 


Additional Course Information

  • Digital Literacy Basics: This is a beginning class in Digital Literacy concepts for those new to computers. Concepts such as types of computers, parts of a computer system, using USB flash drives, and more.
  • MS Excell II: Intermediate level topics in MS Excel will be covered. Some previous exposure to MS Excel is preferred.
  • MS Word II: Intermediate level topics in MS Word will be covered. Some previous exposure to MS Word preferred. Document and paragraph formatting, tables, and working with graphics are some of the topics.
  • YW Tech Lab Web Design Program: Instructor-led recap, question-and-answer session, and further instructions for the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript Web Design Program. Participants must apply/ register in advance for this program.
  • SBDC Tech: Excel for Business: MS Excel topics relevant to small-business owners will be covered. Learn how to use Excel to keep track of revenue and expenses. Also, use Excel’s list capabilities to keep track of customers and/or inventory
  • Beginning Spanish: Have you wanted to learn to speak Spanish, but could not find an affordable, live course? Well this month we resume our Beginning Spanish classes.


Gregory Vaughn
Phone: 773 496 5634


Chicago’s South Side at YWCA Parks Francis Center
Chicago’s West Side at Julian Grace ITI

The ITI is equipped with:
Wi-Fi Access
24 desktop computer stations
Four lobby stations


To hold your own classes at our Parks Francis or Patterson McDaniel locations, please contact us for a vendor leasing agreement.