Coosa County Community Computer Classes
by melindamm1
<p>I recently sat down with Mary Royal of ITS a technology company based in Wetumpka Alabama, I wanted to see what all the buzz was about in Coosa County and the Computer Classes that are being offered at the Middle School<strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">. <br /><br /></span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-right: -4.5pt; margin-left: -4.5pt; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">Why was this started? </span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">When Central Middle School Coosa received a 1003G Grant, they received technology to set up 21<sup>st</sup> Century classrooms throughout the school.&nbsp; Parents and community members told us that their students were using all the new technology, and they did not know how to help their students.&nbsp; The Extension Service for Coosa County had been offering some Community Computer Classes, but they could only serve a few people at a time.&nbsp; The Coosa County School System, The Coosa County Extension Service, The Alabama Parent Education Center (APEC), and Information Transport Solutions (ITS) joined together to offer the classes at Central Middle School where we could serve more people.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">We have location, date and times and its free (Room?)</span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">It is completely free. Room # M24&nbsp; &nbsp;Handicap Accessible</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">Who is teaching the classes?</span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">Roger Vines, Coosa County Extension Service; Kelli Worthy, APEC; Jackie Ragan, ITS</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">Who is the training for?</span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">Anyone in the community who would like to learn the basics of using a computer.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">What if you don&rsquo;t speak English?</span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">There are very few non English speaking people in this community. I believe we could provide a translator if that was needed.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">Why should someone attend?</span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;"> The levels of experience differ among the participants, but we teach just the basics.&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">Where can they go to practice these skills once learned?</span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;"> Some of the participants have a computer at their homes.&nbsp; The Extension Service has some computers that they may use, and Central Middle School has some computers for parent use in our Family and Community Resource room at the school. The use of these computers is free of charge.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">What can they gain from these skills?</span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;"> In this class they learn how to operate Microsoft Word, save documents, and manipulate the computer.&nbsp; We also offer sessions on using the internet, email, social networking, and saving pictures.&nbsp; The parents feel like they are more able to help and monitor their students&rsquo; use of computers, and they feel connected to the modern world.&nbsp; A parent can check his child&rsquo;s Facebook Page and community members can go on-line to find coupons for the grocery or check the weather.&nbsp; We even showed an aerial shot of the school from Google Earth.&nbsp; They can save pictures of their children and grandchildren and make an invitation to a party.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">Will they acquire skills that can help them get a job?</span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;"> Since this is such a beginning class, it serves as an introduction to the computer.&nbsp; We have had several requests to offer a second level class that would include Power Point and Excel. That is being discussed.&nbsp; If we can get this level started, that might help someone get a job. We need more volunteers to expand our services!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">We have one participant who writes stories.&nbsp; She wants to learn how to keep them on a computer, so perhaps she can publish them. She also wants to add photos to her stories. In the very last session, we try to give people extra time to practice and address specific needs that individuals might have.</span></em><em></em></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">Volunteers will do what?</span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;"> The volunteers are VERY busy.&nbsp; Some of the class members need one-to one assistance.&nbsp; We move around the room making sure everyone has found the right place on the screen. Several of the participants have never used a mouse or a laptop.&nbsp; Some of the more competent participants also help those who are truly touching a computer for the first time. Only a moderate amount of technology skill is needed to be a volunteer. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</p> <div style="border: 1pt solid windowtext; padding: 1pt 4pt;"> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal; border: medium none; padding: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">One of our local churches gives certificate to their students who make achievements at school.&nbsp; They rewarded one of our most senior participants, Mrs. Dorothy Kelly, from the summer class, a certificate and recognized her at church for having completed this computer course! &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal; border: medium none; padding: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal; border: medium none; padding: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">Quotes, Lisa McEwen, School Improvement Specialist for Coosa County Schools, </span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal; border: medium none; padding: 0in;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">&ldquo; We are happy that we have so many people who want to take the classes, and we are pleased to be able to offer the support to members of the community.&rdquo;&nbsp; </span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal; border: medium none; padding: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal; border: medium none; padding: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">Mary Royal, Consultant, Information Transport Solutions, <em>&ldquo;Offering the community computer classes has been one of the highlights of my work in Coosa County.&nbsp; Our participants are so thankful for an opportunity to learn how to use technology.&nbsp; When the first class meeting was over, they participants clapped, cheered, and celebrated the progress they had made on the very first night. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with this program and these great people.&rdquo;</em></span></p> </div> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #262626;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><strong><span style="font-size: 16pt; color: #262626;">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><strong></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><strong><span style="font-size: 16pt; color: #262626;">Contact Information:</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><strong><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #262626;">Coosa County Middle School:</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #262626;">Lisa McEwen; School Improvement Specialist for Coosa County Schools</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #262626;">256-377-1490<span>&nbsp; </span>#2314</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><a href="http://coosaschools.k12.al.us/lmcewen@coosaschools.k12.al.us"><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #15317e;">lmcewen@coosaschools.k12.al.us</span></a></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #262626;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><strong><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #262626;">Alabama Cooperative Extension System &ndash; Coosa County Extension Office</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><strong><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color: black;">Roger C. Vines</span></strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color: black;">; </span><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: black;">County Extension Coordinator<br /><br />P.O. Box 247<br /><br />Rockford, AL 35136<br /><br />Phone: (256) 377-4713<br /><br />Fax: (256) 377-1271</span><strong></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><a href="mailto:vinesrc@aces.edu"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">vinesrc@aces.edu</span></a><strong></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><strong><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #262626;">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal; background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% white; vertical-align: top;"><strong><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #333333;">APEC</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal; background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% white; vertical-align: top;"><strong><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #333333;">Kelli Worthy Harrell; </span></strong><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #333333;">Coosa Family Engagement Specialist</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color: #333333;"><br /><br /></span><a href="mailto:kworthy@alabamaparentcenter.com"><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #000066;">kworthy@alabamaparentcenter.com</span></a><strong></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><strong><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #262626;">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><strong><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #262626;">ITS Contacts:</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #262626;">Mary Royal; Consultant</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><a href="mailto:mary.royal@its-networks.com"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">mary.royal@its-networks.com</span></a></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Jackie Ragan; Academic Trainer</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><a href="mailto:Jackie.ragan@its-networks.com"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Jackie.ragan@its-networks.com</span></a></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><strong><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #262626;">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #262626;">Melinda Miller; Marketing Manager</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #262626;">334-567-1993</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><a href="mailto:melinda.miller@its-networks.com"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">melinda.miller@its-networks.com</span></a></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #262626;">&nbsp;</span>&lt; &gt;<br /><br /><p class="MsoNormalCxSpFirst" style="line-height: normal; margin: auto 4.5pt 0pt auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-add-space: auto; tab-stops: 6.5in;"><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: #262626; font-size: 36pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-themecolor: text1; mso-themetint: 217;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">Community Computer Classes</span></span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin: auto 27pt 0pt auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-add-space: auto;" align="center"><span style="font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626; font-size: 14pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-themecolor: text1; mso-themetint: 217;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center; margin: 0in 27pt 10pt 0in;" align="center"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626; font-size: 14pt; mso-themecolor: text1; mso-themetint: 217;">Coosa County Middle School; Hanover</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin: 0in 27.35pt 0pt 0in;" align="center"><span style="font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626; font-size: 14pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-themecolor: text1; mso-themetint: 217;">Room # M24&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin: 0in 27.35pt 0pt 0in;" align="center"><em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626; font-size: 14pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-themecolor: text1; mso-themetint: 217;">Handicap Accessible</span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin: 0in 27.35pt 0pt 0in;" align="center"><em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626; font-size: 14pt; mso-themecolor: text1; mso-themetint: 217;">&nbsp;</span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center; margin: 0in 27pt 10pt 0in;" align="center"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626; font-size: 14pt; mso-themecolor: text1; mso-themetint: 217;">5:00 &ndash; 7:00 pm</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center; margin: 0in 27pt 10pt 0in;" align="center"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626; font-size: 14pt; mso-themecolor: text1; mso-themetint: 217;">Monday, September 26</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center; margin: 0in 27pt 10pt 0in;" align="center"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626; font-size: 14pt; mso-themecolor: text1; mso-themetint: 217;">Monday, October 3</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center; margin: 0in 27pt 10pt 0in;" align="center"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626; font-size: 14pt; mso-themecolor: text1; mso-themetint: 217;">Monday, October 10</span></p> <p class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin: auto auto 0pt; mso-add-space: auto;" align="center"><span style="font-family: &quot;Bookman Old Style&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: #262626; font-size: 14pt; mso-themecolor: text1; mso-themetint: 217;">Monday, October 17</span><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: #262626; font-size: 22pt; mso-themecolor: text1; mso-themetint: 217;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"> </span></span></strong>&lt;--&gt;</p> </p>
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