In September 1998, Lucas formed Digit All Systems (DAS), a nonprofit organization designed to bridge the digital divide and bring benefits of expanding technology to primarily Baltimore City residents, particularly the social and economically-disadvantaged populations. DAS is the only independent nonprofit certification center in Baltimore City that certifies in Microsoft, and Internet and Core Computer Certification (ICA), which is designed to teach digital literacy skills associated with basic computer and Internet use. Next year, Digit All will be certifying in Adobe software products.
DAS offers a series of programs that represent a mixture of academic, career and enrichment options that provide youth with learning experiences in a college environment with courses taught by industry professionals. DAS is running mulitimedia after school programs at three City high schools that highlight video journalism and editing. This year DAS continued its due diligence in certifying high school students as Microsoft Office Specialists, entitling them to receive one college credit by the American Council of Education. Baltimore Talent Development High School has now integrated Digit All Systems’ CompTIA A+ Computer Repair & IT Technician into their junior elective course selection.
In an effort to ensure Baltimore students have the tools to engage in a 21st century education, DAS has been instrumental in donating computers to schools throughout the City. This month alone they donated 150 computers to 15 schools in Baltimore City.