Computer Training Graduates Celebrate

The graduation of 10 seniors from the Generations on Line computer training course was celebrated recently at Ahira Hall Memorial Library in Brocton, New York. Peer Coach, Betsy Furman awarded her students with certificates.

New York State Assemblyman Andy Goodell and Jacqueline Phelps from the office of Congressman Tom Reed spoke and congratulated the graduates. Certificates of Merit from New York State Senator Catharine Young were presented to the students. Linda Spaulding, Program Director of the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging Senior Community Service Employment Program expressed appreciation to the students for their efforts and success. Julie Putcher, Brocton Ahira Library Director offered congratulatory remarks and thanks to the Library Board of Trustees and staff. Ms. Putcher works in partnership with the training program.

The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging offers this computer training free to people 55 and older throughout the region. This training, originally funded and implemented by Senior Service America, Inc. (SSAI), is a self-paced, introductory, online tutorial using the Generations on Line registered software program. The software connects seniors to the internet and fun on-line forums where they can share their life experiences and knowledge. Seniors complete the training in approximately six sessions with the one-on-one assistance of a Peer Coach. In addition, Peer Coaches can assist individuals with preparing their own professional resumes and with opening Social Security on-line accounts.

Individuals interested in registering for this free training or senior employment should contact Linda at the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging at 753-4471 or New York Connects at 753-4582.