The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network, Inc. (viNGN) in partnership with Scotiabank Virgin Islands and Cyberlearning, presented a Digital Literacy and Online Banking seminar for Seniors and Veterans on St. Thomas, with a second session scheduled for St. Croix on Friday September 27th. All computers at the Turnbull Library Public Computer Center (PCC) were occupied, as information was shared on the free Digital Literacy program and the benefits of making online banking and other financial transactions safely. This seminar is designed to increase digital literacy among seniors and veterans of the territory, including accessing a bank web portal to pay utility bills, schedule a recurring mortgage payment, schedule an amount to be transferred to a savings account each month, and using a credit card to process a payment on-line.
viNGN VP of Sales and Marketing Kevin Hughes gave an overview of what the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) means to the future of the territory and introduced Project Manager Yvonne Fenton, who elaborated on the implementation of President Obama’s nationwide Broadband Initiative; PCC Site Manager Anita Davis introduced everyone to the features of the Public Computer Center. Kevin Marcinko and Mary Simon of Cyberlearning provided information on the free Digital Literacy Program and the (also free) professional and IT courses available for those who gain their basic proficiency certifications. From Scotiabank Virgin Islands, Nisha Bellott joined Marketing Manager Sadie Clendinen in giving hands-on instruction in regards to secure, online banking and safety while conducting financial business on the web.
Following the seminar, both Scotiabank and Cyberlearning representatives answered questions and provided assistance to several audience members who either signed up for online banking services, or the Digital Literacy course.
The seminar moves to St. Croix on Friday September 27th at the Department of Labor.
Those interested in the Digital Literacy course may visit http://www.vingn.com and click on Digital Literacy, or call viNGN at (340) 715-8581 (St. Thomas/St. John) or (340) 713-8581 (St. Croix)