Educational Institutions

Mexican Institute of Greater Houston, Inc.

  • Houston, TX
  • www.mexicaninstitute.org

Mission Statement

Mission: " To enrich the lives of Hispanics through Education". We provide Basic Computer Technology for adults, mostly members of the workforce who belong to different underserved minority communities.

Main Programs

  1. 2nd Level PowerPoint
  2. Basic Computer Literacy
  3. Basic Financial Literacy for the Home
  4. Microsoft Word 2nd level
  5. Second Level EXCEL
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Houston MSA, Port Arthur and San Antonio,Texas

ruling year

1992

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Mr. Carlos J. Lopez

Keywords

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Computer Literacy Adults Spanish Parents

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EIN

76-0375543

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Management Services for Small Business/Entrepreneurs (S43)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

2nd Level PowerPoint

This program provides an in depth learning experience for the student to acquire higher level skills to derive multiple benefits used for sales presentations and other purposes in their daily working or family lives. They learn how to effectively use the Toolbar and the Quick Access Toolbar, how to use their creativity to produce attractive slides, slow moving or time controlled sequence, how to apply different fonts, color, themes, and effects, background design, slide orientation, the use of SmartArt graphs, etc. This is also a very hands-on course which makes our students create a variety of presentations including the use of sound, header and footers, etc.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Hispanics

African American

Budget

$500,000.00

Program 2

Basic Computer Literacy

This is a 100 classroom hours program designed for adults so they can gain basic knowledge to create and manage an e-mail account, successfully navigate the internet, and to work with the Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), plus understand the fundamentals of a family budget, how to create one and the benefits of using one at home.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Hispanics

African American

Budget

$500,000.00

Program 3

Basic Financial Literacy for the Home

This is a second level course we teach using as illustrations for different parts of our course, the Wells Fargo Hands On Banking Program. We cover several areas of daily life, such as: a) Banking services. b) Savings and Checking accounts. c) How to read the statements and keep straight records. d) Importance of NOT writing checks with insufficient funds to cover them. e) Importance of savings, for college, for possible times of unemployment, a sudden health need, retirement, etc. f) Importance of paying bills on time and building a good credit history. g) Impact of good or bad credit history. h) Compound interest. i) APR. j) Using automated teller machines. k) Credit and Debit Cards. What is a PIN? l) Car loans. m) Mortgage loans. n)Income vs. debt. o) Small Investments. p) How to create and manage a Family Budget. q) How to create and manage a Small Business Budget. r) Other.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Hispanics

African American

Budget

$500,000.00

Program 4

Microsoft Word 2nd level

This course is for those that have graduated from our Basic Computer Literacy Course or who have already been working with word and have learn themselves on their own. The purpose is to provide them with the necessary knowledge to have a stronger command of all the capacities the software offers. The adult students learn to use special functions, how to format a text, including and modifying headers and footers, using page numbering, how to check for possible grammar errors, warning them that the feature will not detect bad composition that may not make sense; inserting tables, the use of control keys, how to create a cover letter for different purpose, how to write good résumés, connecting Word/Excel and how to combine files, protecting the document from possible unwanted editions, tracking changes, converting it to PDF, how to create labels and using mail merge, etc. Other areas covered are: Importance of using synonyms and knowing antonyms. Creating Templates/Brochures/Flyers.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Hispanics

African American

Budget

$500,000.00

Program 5

Second Level EXCEL

This very versatile program is taught to those interested in having a higher command knowledge of its many useful applications. We teach the students and make them practice how to move between cells, work with a worksheet and combine information from other worksheets, how to auto-adjust cell size, working with multiple Excel documents and how to combine information (import it) contained on Word files. We also teach our students to freeze panes in a worksheet, split views, edit a workbook, cell merging, adding borders for emphasis and/or separation, inserting/deleting rows or columns, copying/renaming a worksheet, using auto-sum, tab colors, sorting lists, formula copying, design and insert graphs or charts, data labels, creation of templates, applications for inventory control, budget preparation and payroll functions, invoicing, preparation of estimates, contact list for marketing/sales, organizational charts (pie/bar), protecting the sheet, etc.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

Hispanics

African American

Budget

$500,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Houston MSA, Port Arthur and San Antonio,Texas

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

-Financial Support for our operating budget and/or specific classes at certain schools. For instance we do receive from Corporations that we have to use for parents of children attending school at specific ISDs, sometimes because the donor is in the ISD region. -Volunteers to help us monitor and administer our Social Media presence.- In-kind donations (space for our main office and lab, paper for printing/copy needs, ink for printers), other

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MEXICAN INSTITUTE OF GREATER HOUSTON INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Mexican Institute of Greater Houston, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Mr. Carlos J. Lopez

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"We have been able to expand our presence to teach Basic Computer Literacy in Spanish, and now also in English to parents ands grandparents in different school districts. We have graduated close to 17,000 individuals in our thirteen years of teaching. We have expanded our curriculum to include 2nd level courses on PowerPoint, Excel and Word, as well as in Basic Financial Literacy for the Home. 82% of our students are women. We now have our own Educational Platform accessible via internet from anywhere. We have a competent small full time staff, part-time employees and volunteers, in addition to a group of instructors trained by us. We would like to have more working capital to hire individuals to help us take care of the growing demand of our services. We need to teach this segment of our population how to work with computers ASAP so they can find better paying jobs, get out of the unemployment lines and to be good role models for their children and grandchildren"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Rosanna Moreno

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