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Wednesday, 29 February 2012 17:42

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Jan. 18, 2012, 9:30 a.m. EST

 

SeniorNet To Launch New Center on Quinault Indian Reservation

 

IBM, Microsoft, Verizon, Adobe and AT&T Sponsorships to Help Brighten the Future for the Quinault Tribe

 

WASHINGTON, Jan 18, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- SeniorNet announces the opening of its sixth Indian Reservation Learning Center in cooperation with the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED). Located primarily in Queets, Washington, home of the Quinault Tribe about 90 miles from Taholah, the new center will allow residents of the reservation to earn GEDs, train and search for jobs, and communicate with relatives in other parts of the country.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to see our people use computers to enhance their quality of life. We also want to thank the volunteer tutors who give selflessly of their time to teach our tribe members -- young and old. What the online world has to offer will be enlightening," said Fawn Sharp, chief of the Quinault Tribe.

More than 90 percent of Reservations lack access to high speed Internet and studies have shown that when it is available, Native Americans make higher use of it for learning and e-commerce than other groups. The new center's computers, training and software were made possible by donations from companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Verizon, Adobe and AT&T.

"SeniorNet is pleased to be able to bring 21st Century communication tools and training to members of the Quinault Tribe," said Leslie M. Smith, SeniorNet board chairman and IBM Business Development Executive. "Our volunteers and sponsors are committed to providing on-ramps to the digital highway to all rural and underserved areas."

 

About SeniorNet

SeniorNet ( www.seniornet.org ) is the nation's premier and most respected nonprofit organization specializing in computer and Internet education for adults over 55 and those with a need. Since 1986, SeniorNet has empowered more than one million Boomers and Seniors by providing encouragement, lifelong learning opportunities and new worlds to explore via the Internet. Based in Herndon, Virginia, it has approximately 6,000 members. SeniorNet is staffed by more than 3,000 volunteers and has almost 65 Learning Centers in the United States, including Indian Reservations and underserved areas.

 

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The Honorable Kathy Greenlee to Keynote at SeniorNet Silver Anniversary Event May 19th on Capitol Hill

SeniorNet to Launch New Initiative Called Seniors Back to Work

 

Washington, DC (May 16, 2011) - The Honorable Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be the keynote speaker at SeniorNet's official Silver Anniversary celebration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on May 19, 2011. She is expected to highlight the importance of computer skills and Internet training opportunities for underserved older populations.

 

The Hon. Ms. Greenlee will be joined by business leaders from IBM, Microsoft, Verizon and AT&T. Other dignitaries expected to attend include State Senator Joanne C. Benson, 24th District, Prince Georges County, Maryland and State Delegate Michael L. Vaughn, also from the 24th District in Prince Georges County, Maryland where a new SeniorNet Center recently opened.

Also in attendance will be Hank Clemente, SeniorNet Director of Curriculum Development from Hot Springs, Arkansas and representatives from SeniorNet centers across the country including 2010 Chairman's Award winners Slava Vero from Huntington, New York; Chief Donald W. Rodgers of the Catawba Indian Reservation, Rock Hill, South Carolina; and Fred Elser of Greenwich, Connecticut all of whom excelled last year in promoting SeniorNet classes, increasing volunteer staff, increasing membership, and implementing best practices.

The celebration is from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. EDT at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Room 106 where refreshments will be served. Members of the media are cordially invited to attend.

"SeniorNet is using this occasion to launch our new Seniors Back to Work initiative," said Leslie M. Smith, SeniorNet board chairman and IBM Business Development Executive. "This effort will be of tremendous value to many across the country; we have a lot to celebrate."

Many of SeniorNet's major sponsors are supporting the new Seniors Back to Work program by providing the latest technology and free tuition access. The learning module for SeniorNet's (www.seniornet.org) online webcampus is designed specifically to help adults over 55 who have retired or been forced out of the workplace during the recent economic downturn. Using Seniors Back to Work will allow them to acquire the computer skills that are a key element in finding and landing a job in today's market.

About SeniorNet
SeniorNet (www.seniornet.org) is the nation's premier and most respected nonprofit organization specializing in computer and Internet education for adults over 55. Since 1986, SeniorNet has empowered more than one million Boomers and Seniors by providing encouragement, lifelong learning opportunities and new worlds to explore via the Internet. Based in Herndon, Virginia, it has approximately 8,000 members. SeniorNet is staffed by more than 3,000 volunteers and has almost 65 Learning Centers in the United States, including Indian Reservations and underserved areas.

 

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