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Brocton library celebrates computer class graduation

January 14, 2016
Westfield Republican

BROCTON - The graduation of eleven participants from the Generations on Line computer training course was celebrated recently at Ahira Hall Memorial Library in Brocton. Peer Coach, Betsy Furman awarded her students Certificates of Completion.

New York State Assemblyman Andy Goodell spoke about the evolution of our computer culture and congratulated the students for meeting the challenge of computer learning. Linda Spaulding, Program Director of the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCESP), and Kim Klaes, Peer Coach Coordinator explained the program and its success in utilizing participants of the senior employment program as Computer Peer Coaches. Julie Putcher, the Brocton Library Director works in partnership with the program. Ms. Putcher offered congratulatory remarks and thanks to the Library Board of Trustees and staff. Assemblyman Goodell then presented the graduates with certificates from his office and United States Congressman Tom Reed's office.

The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging offers this computer training free to people 55 and older throughout the region. This training, originally funded and implemented by Senior Service America, Inc. (SSAI), is a self-paced, introductory, on-line tutorial using the Generations on Line registered software program. The software connects seniors to the internet and fun on-line forums where they can share their life experiences and knowledge. Seniors complete the training in approximately six sessions with the one-on-one assistance of a Peer Coach. In addition, Peer Coaches can assist individuals with opening Social Security on-line accounts.

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From left are Howard Henderson, Julie Putcher, library director, Geraldine Harper, Kim Klaes, peer coordinator; Lolita Alvarez-Ramos, Betsy Furman, peer coach; Genevieve Ludemann, Tabitha Gens and state Assemblyman Andy Goodell.

More than 1,000 seniors throughout the region have received training with the Generations on Line program since its inception in November 2009. Individuals interested in registering for this free training or senior employment should contact Kim or Linda at the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging at (716) 753-4471 or New York Connects at (716) 753-4582.



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