Upcoming classes will teach digital skills to seniors

Jan. 9—HENDERSON — Rebuild Communities NC is partnering with AARP to bring a series of classes focused on developing online skills to Vance-Granville Community College.

The program, called Digital Skills [email protected]+, is meant to cultivate online skills in people over 50 years of age to help them find jobs, seek new jobs or try their hand at entrepreneurship.

Senior Planet, the organization that created the program in collaboration with AARP, has made two class recordings focused on Google Workspace and online security available on their website at seniorplanet.org/digitalskillsready.

The classes held at VGCC will focus on teaching students how to use various online tools such as video conferencing programs, online job search tools and office productivity software.

“The objective is to equip seniors [aged 50 and older] with basic skills on internet safety, email, smart phones, zoom meetings, access news updates, job search, entertainment, and more,” said Edythe Thompson, executive director of Rebuild Communities NC “Classes are fun and interactive. The workshops are designed for older adults in a no pressure social environment. No tests or homework. Learn at your own pace and take as many classes as you choose.”

Thompson noted that the program promotes “social interaction and address isolation issues for others.”

The first class begins at 11 am on Jan. 10 over at VGCC’s Building 9, Seminar Room 2, at 200 Community College Road. Further classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 am to 12:30 pm until Feb. 28. The Jan. 12 class will be held in the Conference Room in Building 8.

If you’re interested, call Rebuild Communities NC at 252-915-1663 or email the organization at [email protected]. Open spaces are limited so registration is necessary, said Thompson.

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