Volunteers teach seniors to master world of computers

A volunteer organization that teaches older residents how to use computers is looking for new students.


SeniorNet will hold an open house Monday for senior citizens interested in learning about the courses.

"The idea was to teach seniors who are not computer-oriented," said Wayne Rickman, the SeniorNet coordinator.

Since it began in 1999, Mr. Rickman said, the SeniorNet program has had 75 to 90 students taking classes each term.

Most students start with no computer skills, he said.

Courses offered this year are:

- Computer Fundamentals

- Introduction to Computers

- Introduction to the Internet

- Introduction to Windows XP

- Genealogy

- Introduction to Excel

- Digital Photo Editing

- Advanced Photo Editing.

This is the first time an Excel course has been offered, Mr. Rickman said, and the photography courses will use the software program Photo Elements 5.0.

The classes at the University of South Carolina Aiken are available for people 50 and older.

The Computer Fundamentals and Advanced Photo Editing courses run for four weeks, Mr. Rickman said, and the other classes are eight weeks long.

Classes begin Jan. 22, and those taking them receive a 60-day membership in SeniorNet.

SeniorNet has about 50 volunteers teaching the classes or managing the computer facility, allowing the group to offer nearly one-on-one instruction, Mr. Rickman said.


SeniorNet is holding an open house for potential students from 9-11 a.m. Monday at the Bruce McGrath Learning Center at the University of South Carolina Aiken's Gregg-Graniteville Library, 471 University Parkway, Aiken.

The classes are for residents 50 and older. The cost is $60 for an eight-week course, $35 for four-week classes and $30 for the Computer Fundamentals class. For more information, call (803) 641-3563.