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Rutland Area to Benefit from Free Computer and Internet Trainings
Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

Rutland Area to Benefit from Free Computer and Internet Trainings

[For Immediate Release, Springfield, VT, May 25, 2012]

Collaboration between Rutland organizations and Vermont Telephone Company, Inc., will provide free computer and Internet training this summer at five Rutland sites.

The Rutland Free Library, Rutland Housing Authority, Department of Labor Resource Center, Rutland Regional Planning Commission, and Godnick Adult Day Center joined efforts with VTel to fulfill a critical need for digital literacy skills that allow people to make effective use of computers and the Internet.  Trainings and workshops will be facilitated by VTel’s community outreach team and librarians from Rutland Free Library.

VTel is a small family-owned telephone company, serving 14 rural Vermont villages, based in Springfield, VT and in 2010 received funding to expand broadband access throughout Vermont.

“Our digital literacy initiative is just one piece of VTel’s comprehensive plan to bridge the digital divide in Vermont,” according to Tess Gauthier, VTel’s Community Broadband Team Director. “VTel’s rural broadband adoption model includes the expansion of our broadband network to Vermont’s underserved areas and a commitment to build digital skills within communities.”

“Rutland Free Library and the Department of Labor are already addressing a piece of the digital literacy puzzle by helping people access basic services, apply for jobs online, and providing classes using computers and the Internet,” said Ed Graves, Assistant Director of the Rutland Free Library, “When we all sat down together, we saw a great opportunity to collaborate and make it possible for people to gain a wide range of digital skills.”

All of the one-on-one trainings and workshops are free and open to the public. No prior computer experience is necessary and each site will have computers available for people to use.

“We hope to reach out to people who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to use a computer, and think that the collaboration will provide a fun environment for people to learn anything from the basics to more advanced topics,” said Lori Hickey of the Godnick Adult Day Center.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 February 2013 10:49