Computer training on offer in Monto
MONTO Neighbourhood Centre is starting Computer Training lessons starting at beginning of March aimed at teaching some of the town’s older residents to use their computer.
The first session, entitled “Introduction to Computers”, will run on Wednesday, March 1 at the Neighbourhood Centre, at 1pm to 3pm.
Monto Community ConnectWorker Dave Francis said the program was meant to help computer users in the modern age.
“The program is a base level unit to find out what computer users will need in the future; for instance, if they want to go down the track of internet banking or internet shopping.”
Mr Francis said he based the program off the Telstra “Tech Savvy Seniors” training program.
“I was working with Council up until July last year and I got to observe a lot of the tech-savvy sessions they had up at the Gayndah Library,” he said.
“I was very impressed with the training they had; it was very geared towards participants’ requirements and the resources they had were quite extensive.”
“Those resources they had were available to anybody, so I’m essentially piggy-backing on those courses.”
Mr Francis is on a two-year contract with the Neighbourhood Centre at the moment, and this initiative was one of the ideas he put forward with ExcelCare.
ExcelCare coordinator Kirsti Rowe said the new computer kiosks coming to the Neighbourhood Centre made it an ideal place for lessons.
“Two of the most important things regarding program delivery are location and time, so Dave has worked out a program that would give as much time as possible.”
Mr Francis said the first session would be to get over the major hurdle of understanding the computer technology.
From there, lessons would be developed to fit the needs of the attendees.
“I’m asking the participants to guide me as to where we go as they become more advanced,” Mr Francis said.
“If they want to focus on tablets, or internet banking, we can go down that route.”
Ms Rowe said social media was a big potential learning area.
“A few community members I know from our older generation do want to know about Facebook and those sorts of things,” she said.
To book your spot in the course, call the Neighbourhood Centre at 4331 7650.
LEARN HOW: The Computer Training sessions at Monto Neighbourhood Centre will be primarily aimed at seniors.