Helping Grandma get Techie, OASIS Computer Lab Expansion

| April 22, 2011

Tucson OASIS is adding 5 new computers to their computer lab, expanding student capacity for their ever-popular technology classes. The OASIS computer lab is used to teach mature adults (that’s how you say 50+ nicely) how to use computers for personal use, or to help them find a job or improve job skills. Classes are offered covering everything from basics – how to turn the scary box on – to popular applications like Facebook, Picasa, and Microsoft Word and Excel. The facility is also used to host open labs where volunteers offer personal tutoring for those needing specialized help.

I’m a true fan of technology programs geared for the older adult. Teaching seniors how to use social media like Facebook, or how to use email to communicate and exchange pictures, can help them to significantly reduce their sense of isolation and removal from the busy day-to-day lives of children and grandchildren, especially if there are great distances involved. OASIS Facebook classes usually have a wait list. Seniors want to reconnect with their scattered families and feel involved again. Helping grandma get techie is very rewarding!

I’ve been helping develop a plan for the expansion that includes a much improved hardwired LAN network. More hardware is on the way and we have tentative approval of our plan for the actual wiring and implementation. This upgrade of equipment should solve some significant connectivity issues that OASIS was experiencing, making the classes more enjoyable and efficient. As always, thanks to the many volunteers who are so gracious with their time and expertise! Thanks Francis, Pat, Henry, Jim, and my son Ken who gets drafted to help with so many projects.

A special shout-out to Bill at DakotaPro.biz for lending an ear and some great advice, and to One Day Training Academy for their donation for wiring! Thanks to AT&T for its funding of the OASIS Connections program and for the funding of the computers.

You can find out more about OASIS and the hundreds of classes they offer in Arts, Humanities, Health, and Technology by clicking here. The new trimester begins May 9 and classes are held at various locations around Tucson. Computer classes are held at the OASIS Center at 2099 E River Road, in the Junior League Building.

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