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Move over Millenials

Computer classes offered for seniors

By Ohlone College Dean Lesley Buehler and Professor Rick Arellano.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009—Reprinted from Tri-City Voice.

While we are all trying to keep up with the digital generation, it appears our seniors are making leaps ahead of us into the new tech age. At a recent Ohlone College Computer Applications and Occupational Technology (CAOT) Advisory Committee meeting, Kelly Hess, the Newark Senior Center coordinator, provided some statistics and facts about the Newark senior citizen population. One statistic indicated that most senior citizens were not receiving relevant computer education training.

With this knowledge, two senior professors from Ohlone College, Mr. Rick Arellano and Ms. Elisa Webb, realized that by using their own CAOT Department resources, they and the Newark Senior Center could establish a partnership. This was a great opportunity for the Ohlone College CAOT department to offer computer applications classes that were relevant to the seniors' needs as well as an opportunity to bring in CAOT student interns to do some work at the senior center.

The class is actually run through the Senior Center so the seniors do not have to hassle with registration at Ohlone. The Ohlone professors are also volunteering their time to teach this course. It's a win/win for both parties because Ohlone maintains its ever evolving and innovative outreach programs to the community and the Senior Center can offer more targeted courses to their audiences.

The classes offered in the Spring semester included topics such as video recording, FaceBook, the e-reader Kindle, Netbooks, Blogs, Internet radio and TV, Skype, the Internet, email services, how to upload videos and photos to YouTube, Flickr and Picassa, and speech recognition software. These classes will be among those offered in the upcoming Fall semester at the Newark Senior Center.

Ohlone College CAOT Computer Classes for Seniors
Newark Senior Center
7401 Enterprise Drive, Newark

  • Session 1: Four Wednesdays Sept 16 - Oct 7
    2 - 4 p.m.
    $9 Residents/$10 Nonresidents

  • Session 2: Four Wednesdays Oct 14 - Nov 18
    2 - 4 p.m.
    $9 Residents/$10 Nonresidents
    (No class: 10/28, 11/11)

For more information, contact the Newark Senior Center at (510) 578-4840 or Professor Rick Arellano(510) 205-3759. http://www.rickarellano.com (on the left frame browse to the link Senior Project).

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