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SeniorNet's mission is to provide mature adults with computer skills so that they are enabled to share their wisdom and knowledge with the rest of society.
The SeniorNet Learning Center of Forest Hills teaches basic computer skills to senior citizens. They are taught by instructors and coaches who are seniors themselves, their peers. We have eleven brand new "State of the Art" computers, plus another computer which is hooked up to a large TV screen for teacher demonstration purposes. The Learning Center is now in its eighth year and known as one of the premier centers in the country. Our teachers have developed the curriculum and written a manual which is distributed to all students. We teach a four hour workshop, "What's in a Box" as a pre-requisite to our regular courses, "Introduction to the Computer 1" and it's follow-up "Introduction to the Computer 2". Courses in Spreadsheet, Database and Word Processing, are given periodically, as well as workshops in the "Internet" and "Desk Top Publishing". Our regular courses are 6 weeks long, two hours a week. Workshops are either one or two days, from 10:00 - 3:00 (with a break for lunch - which is provided), . Our 6 week courses are given from 9:15 - 11:15 and 1:00 - 3:00, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Friday PM. Friday morning is designated as "Lab" time and set aside for student practice. We have periodic "Instructor's Meetings" to share our knowledge, experience and ideas. We have educated over 2,000 seniors in digital skills, some of whom have joined us first as coaches and then as teachers. It is gratifying to see how the mature adults reach out for the "cutting edge." They refuse to be left behind!