Closing the Technology Gap in Tucson

| April 1, 2013

$500,000 Contribution from AT&T to the OASIS Institute Will Provide Critical Technology Training for Mature Adults in 23 Locations

The OASIS Institute received a $500,000 contribution from AT&T that will help narrow the technology skills gap for adults over 50 in 23 locations, including Tucson, Arizona.

Computer students at Tucson OASIS

Computer students at Tucson OASIS

Older Americans are going online more than ever, but still lag behind the overall adult population when it comes to internet usage. According to a 2012 report of the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 53 percent of American adults over 65 were online, compared to 82 percent for all.

AT&T’s support will enable OASIS to expand its Connections technology training program in Arizona, update curriculum and increase workplace skills training to help bring more mature adults up to speed.

“Technology impacts every area of our life – how we communicate, work, manage our health, access services and connect with our communities,” said Marcia Kerz, president of The OASIS Institute. “By helping older adults improve their technology skills, we’re helping them take advantage of all that technology has to offer, and utilize tools such as smart phones, tablets, computers and other mobile devices to improve their lives.”

AT&T’s support over the past decade has enabled OASIS to develop the Connections program, an evidence-based curriculum for adult learners. The program includes more than 30 courses designed to help mature adults learn basic to intermediate technology skills, including internet browsing, email, social networking, job searching and essential workplace tools such as word processing and spreadsheets. By collaborating with libraries and elder living facilities in Pima, Pinal, and Maricopa counties, OASIS and AT&T have been able to bring this valuable resource to thousands of Arizonans. Total class enrollment exceeded 10,000 in 2012 and the Institute has reached 65,000 older adults since 2001.

The OASIS Institute, headquartered in St. Louis, provides a national instructor training and certification program to ensure quality. New e-learning tools will provide convenient options for volunteers to participate in training.

Since 2002, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have contributed more than $3.7 million to support OASIS.

The OASIS Institute is a national nonprofit organization that promotes successful aging through lifelong learning, health programs and volunteer engagement. The OASIS vision is to see that adults age 50-plus across the country have opportunities to pursue vibrant, healthy, productive and meaningful lives. Founded in 1982, OASIS has a national membership of more than 360,000 adults and serves 59,000 people annually through partnerships in 43 cities. The OASIS Institute in St. Louis is the national headquarters. For more information, visit

About Philanthropy at AT&T
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives, AT&T has a long history of supporting projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In 2012, more than $131 million was contributed through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs.

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