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Computers are prevalent fixtures in our surroundings. They are found in schools, libraries, hospitals, offices, stores, private homes and government agencies.Yet, there are individuals for whom computers continue to remain a mystery.
“Not everyone has access to a computer, or finds it necessary,” says Kathy Deringer a computer instructor with the Continuing Education division at the Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL). “Yet, they do realize the importance of sending emails, attaching photos, paying bills, researching family history, and connecting via social networking.”
Beth Mazur a blog author with AARP attributes the lack of participation by seniors in online endeavors not to access but to other factors such as a fear of learning or a difficulty in handling computers. Given those hurdles what continues to draw seniors to the internet? Ms. Deringer indicates it’s the “sharing” component of the internet that appeals to the over 50 segment of the population. “It is the easiest and least expensive way to keep in contact with friends and family globally, and to simply feel connected from the comfort of your own home. Many don't drive, or have transportation, so what better way to stay in touch with the world than from a computer.”
TCL will offer a computer basics course that provides an introduction to understanding the mechanisms of the common computer. The course will include an overview of general computer terminology and provide general instruction to understanding Microsoft Windows, email messaging, managing computer files, and storing digital photographs.
Ms. Deringer believes that students no matter their age or skill level will walk away from this class feeling confident in their computer knowledge and eager to try things on their own without becoming overwhelmed or intimidated by the process of engaging a computer.
Computer Basics: An Introduction to the Machine is a Life Enrichment offering at TCL and offered several times during the fall. The cost to attend this seminar is $49 per person.
- New River Campus: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 13
- Beaufort Campus: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 10 and Saturday, November 12.
To register for any Life Enrichment offering call 843-525-8205.