The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

April 6, 2013

ACES to offer free Internet courses


From staff reports

— The Limestone County office of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System will offer a free four-week series of Internet classes beginning April 15.

Dubbed “Stepping into the Internet Age,” the classes are being offered through a partnership between the local ACES office, the Athens-Limestone County Council on Aging and the Athens-Limestone Public Library.

Personnel with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System will facilitate classes. Curriculum is prepared through Auburn University and Middle Tennessee State Universities.

There is no preregistration requirement. This program was made possible through a grant from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System Economic and Community Development Institute. Participants will be asked to complete a brief evaluation at the end of each session.

The classes are suitable for the novice computer and Internet user and will cover the basics of using the Internet. Sessions are scheduled as follows:

• Monday, April 15: Broadband 101 - A beginner’s class that covers what the Internet is, connectivity issues and challenges, safety and security and the basics of how to use the Internet. This session begins at 1 p.m., and will be conducted at the Council on Aging building at 912 W. Pryor Street in Athens.

• Monday, April 22: E-Home - The class will demonstrate tools for applications for managing your home, family, finances and social connections. The class begins at 1 p.m. at the Council on Aging building.

• Monday, April 29: E-Health – The class will help consumers learn how to use the Internet to obtain credible health information. This class begins at 1 p.m. at the Council on Aging building.

• Monday, May 6: Hands-on Learning Session/Community Forum – The final session for those who have attended at least two of the previous sessions. It will include a trip to the Athens-Limestone Public Library, where participants will have an opportunity to practice the topics taught in the first three sessions. The class begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Athens-Limestone Public Library, located at 405 E. South Street in Athens.

For more information, contact Betty Ann Broman at the Limestone County office of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at 256-232-5510.