Dignity’s Basic Computer Class is Getting Adults Connected.
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“If you don’t know how to use a computer, you’re lost in this world”, said Ms. Sandra Heggs.
What if tomorrow morning, everything you’ve ever learned about computers was erased from your mind? You sit, staring at the machine for hours, but can’t even figure out how to turn it on. How would this impact your life, your career, what about all of those paperless bills? How could you watch the funny cat videos that you love so much, or find a recipe for dinner? What would you do?
The majority of us never stop to think “what if”, but for many people, this is their reality. Over time, knowing how to use a computer has become a necessity, as many of the things we used to do on paper or by mail are now done electronically.
Dignity Housing is proud to update you on our computer lab services, which give our residents, as well as members of our community, the opportunity to access the internet and learn the basics of computers, for free. During a six week period, Dignity’s Adult Basic Computer Class teaches students about the desktop, icons and how to navigate the mouse. They also become familiar with the Internet, email and Microsoft Word. Last year, Dignity held two courses with a total of 17 participants, many of which were over 65 and looking for help navigating the increasingly digital world.
On Thursday, I stopped by Dignity’s Resource Center (Dignity ROCs) to see how this summer’s students were doing in week three of the course. They informed me that they were finishing up the creation of their own personal email accounts, which they began in the previous session. The feedback they gave was delightful to hear, calling the computer class and their instructor Karen Motley, “a true blessing”. When asked why she wanted to take this course, Ms. Heggs told me, “Because I needed a refresher, it has been a while. I want to look things up and do things on my own without needing anyone’s help. Ms. Karen is helping me do all of that”.
At the conclusion of the six week program, the students will be tested on the material they’ve learned and earn a certificate of completion.
If you need to use a computer or the internet, our KEYSPOT Computer lab is open to the general public Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10am-12:30pm and 2pm-4:30pm for FREE open access.
Adult Basic Computer Classes are taught Tuesdays and Thursdays and are made possible in part by the Philadelphia KEYSPOT Program, a city-wide initiative to bring internet access, training, and technology to all Philadelphia Communities. Although classes are full for the current session, we welcome you to sign up for the next class. Please contact Ms. Karen Motley at 215-713-0960 ext. 212 for more information.