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OATS Delivers 10,000th Computer Class to Senior Citizens PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 11:58

Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) recently delivered its 10,000th free computer class to senior citizens.  Since 2004, Brooklyn-based OATS has been providing training and support services citywide to groups of older New Yorkers eager to learn about and use digital technology, and is now the largest and most successful municipal technology program for seniors in the nation. 

Students receive intensive instruction during a 20-session basic or advanced course.  Specialized courses in workforce development, digital photography, health and wellness, and other topics are also available.  Current and former students, local elected officials and OATS staff celebrated the 10,000th class milestone at the Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center in Manhattan, one of the more than 80 sites where OATS has delivered training.

"People talk about the Digital Revolution, but they don't realize we have a revolution taking place right now at senior centers in the Bronx, Harlem, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Flushing," said OATS Executive Director Tom Kamber, "Seniors are plugging in, surfing the Web, sending out email, getting on Facebook, and staying connected.  Technology is rapidly transforming the way we age and it's really making an impact on the quality of older people's lives."

"Learning to use a computer has made a huge difference in my life," said OATS student Mavis Swire, age 90.

The services that OATS provides are supported by the New York City Council and private funders. OATS collaborates with the NYC Department for the Aging to bring digital technology to life for New Yorkers who frequent senior centers throughout the city, and is working with the agency to implement a federal broadband initiative that will significantly enhance the computer technology, connectivity speeds, and training options available to seniors at two dozen sites throughout the five boroughs.  For more information, visit www.oats.org.

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