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Digital Literacy for seniors discussed with AARP membership


The membership of AARP VI Chapter 3138

Staff members of The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network, Inc. (viNGN) had the honor of taking part in the general membership meeting of the Virgin Islands AARP St. Thomas Chapter 3138 on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Project Manager Yvonne Fenton, Public Computer Center Logistics Technician Doris Carmona, and Public Computer Center (PCC) Site Manager (Turnbull Regional Library) Anita Davis each discussed their individual roles at the viNGN towards raising digital literacy standards for the territory’s seniors and veterans, and encourage the use of the Cyberlearning Digital Literacy course being offered for free to U.S. Virgin Islands residents.

NOTE: The period for registration for this course is now passed. viNGN recommends signing up for the FREE Khan Academy or access more information on Digital Learning Day resources on this blog.

AARP was founded in 1958 by Ethel Percy Andrus, a retired educator from California. AARP has offices in all 50 states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

In the past, AARP disseminated the majority of its information in the mail. Today, members can access this information via the internet. However, the majority of AARP’s members have a need for assistance with learning to use computers, how the internet works, and how to access services online, such as retirement statements, health care information and options, and financial services such as online banking and bill payments.

The Cyberlearning Digital Literacy course provides a comprehensive overview of how computers, the internet, and software applications may be used, and the training is accessible from home or any internet-connected computer. Those without computers or internet access can also learn at one of over 20 Public Computer Centers (PCCs) now open throughout the United States Virgin Islands.

Offered by viNGN in partnership with the National Education Foundation & Cyberlearning. Individuals who complete the course will not only have a better-developed computer skillset, but will also receive benefits such as a certificate of completion backed by the State University of New York at Potsdam, as well as free access to high-quality IT & Business skills courses available online.

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About vingn

The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) was established in 2010 as a public corporation; it is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority. viNGN was funded primarily from a grant by the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) as part of a federal program to improve the broadband capacity in the United States, its territories, and the District of Columbia.The program is called the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

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