Com­puter train­ing on of­fer in Monto

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE -

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.

PHOTO: LOU O'BRIEN

LEARN HOW: The Com­puter Train­ing ses­sions at Monto Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre will be pri­mar­ily aimed at se­niors.

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