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Vance-Granville CC to Host Online Skills Classes for Seniors

A community college in North Carolina will host a series of classes teaching seniors how to use online tools such as video conferencing programs, online job search engines and office productivity software.

Tutor Helping Senior Woman In Computer Class
(TNS) — Rebuild Communities N.C. is partnering with AARP to bring a series of classes focused on developing online skills to Vance-Granville Community College.

The program, called Digital Skills Ready@50+, is meant to cultivate online skills in people over 50 years of age to help them find jobs, seek new jobs or try their hand at entrepreneurship.

Senior Planet, the organization that created the program in collaboration with AARP, has made two class recordings focused on Google Workspace and online security available on their website at

The classes held at VGCC will focus on teaching students how to use various online tools such as video conferencing programs, online job search tools and office productivity software.

"The objective is to equip seniors [aged 50 and older] with basic skills on Internet safety, email, smart phones, zoom meetings, access news updates, job search, entertainment, and more," said Edythe Thompson, executive director of Rebuild Communities N.C. "Classes are fun and interactive. The workshops are designed for older adults in a no pressure social environment. No tests or homework. Learn at your own pace and take as many classes as you choose."

Thompson noted that the program promotes "social interaction and address isolation issues for others."

The first class begins at 11 a.m. on Jan. 10 over at VGCC's Building 9, Seminar Room 2, at 200 Community College Road. Further classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. until Feb. 28. The Jan. 12 class will be held in the Conference Room in Building 8.

If you're interested, call Rebuild Communities N.C. at 252-915-1663 or email the organization at Open spaces are limited so registration is necessary, said Thompson.

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