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Monday, 06 January 2014 10:12

 



For Release: January 6, 2014

Contact: Michele M. Williams, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 239-275-2202

 

SeniorNet Shares its Operational Model and Latest Microsoft Workshop with Chinese Delegation

 

New SeniorNet Headquarters Opens in Florida

 

Fort Myers, FL, Jan. 6, 2014 – The SeniorNet Learning Center in San Jose Willows, Calif. recently welcomed a delegation of 14 dignitaries (click for letter and photo) from various regions in China to provide insight into how SeniorNet has become so successful and to share its operational and educational protocols. The visitors were management representatives for the Committees on Aging in China from the national level and throughout 12 provinces and municipalities.

 

The delegation, which attended a Microsoft Windows 8 workshop, saw firsthand how class content and curriculum is developed using surveys of intended students, as well as SeniorNet’s extensive use of volunteers in the teaching process. Drawing on local resources such as tech company retirees, community facilities and donated equipment, SeniorNet minimizes its need to conduct massive fundraising activities that strain limited resources by partnering with major corporations such as Microsoft, IBM, Google, Que Publishing and others who help fulfill its mission.

 

Ms. Li Shumei, Deputy Director, Heilongjiang Provincial Committee on Aging said SeniorNet has, “a very good self-support education model without relying on budget and tendency of bureaucratic management. Such a model would help the still developing China develop more educations centers alike. It is a valuable example.”

 

This was an enlightening new business model for SeniorNet’s Chinese counterparts. The delegation was eager to return to China and put what they learned into practice for the senior citizens in their home country.

 

Leslie M. Smith, IBM Business Development Executive (retired) and SeniorNet Chairman of the Board said, “We were just delighted to host the Chinese delegation and share our knowledge. Computers skills are crucial to social connections for seniors and the hope that this will connect more people outside the U.S. is the best New Year’s gift we could get.”

 

New Headquarters

 

In a move from its former location in Herndon, Virginia, SeniorNet officially opened its new headquarters on January 1 at 5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd., Suite 314, Fort Myers, FL  33907. The phone number is (239) 275-2202 and the fax number is (239) 275-2501.

 

About SeniorNet

 

SeniorNet (www.seniornet.org) is the nation's premier and most respected nonprofit organization specializing in computer and Internet education for adults over 55 and those in need. Since 1986, SeniorNet has empowered more than one million Boomers and Seniors by providing encouragement, lifelong learning opportunities and new worlds to explore via the Internet. Based in Fort Myers, Florida, it has approximately 6,000 members. SeniorNet is staffed by more than 3,000 volunteers and has more than 50 Learning Centers in the United States, including Indian Reservations and underserved areas. 

 

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Tuesday, 27 August 2013 00:00

 


Microsoft and Que Publishing Partner with SeniorNet

SeniorNet Offers Free Windows 8 Classes To Seniors At selected Microsoft Stores

WASHINGTON--()--SeniorNet Centers across the country now have access to Windows 8 and Office 2013 software courtesy of a large Microsoft grant.

 

Microsoft has partnered with SeniorNet to offer free workshops (Introduction to Windows 8) to be held at selected Microsoft retail outlets. The schedule for upcoming classes can be found here www.seniornet.org/microsoft-workshops.html.

 

The classes are designed for seniors, including those who are underserved, and members of organizations such as AARP. Students who participate will benefit from a unique approach to learning Windows 8, free textbooks for reference after the workshop and the use of Surface products for their classroom learning experience at the Microsoft store locations.

 

SeniorNet and Microsoft have had a productive and fruitful relationship for the past 23 years. A new partner joining this teaching venture is Que Publishing, an imprint of Pearson. Pearson is the world's leading learning company, has global reach and market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing. Que recently supplied SeniorNet Centers with a valuable collection of books for instructors and classroom use nationwide.

 

SeniorNet is working with Que, which has 29 years of experience in providing practical advice on computers and technology, to create the right level of curriculum for the free Introduction to Windows 8 sessions. SeniorNet provides instructors, administrative staff, class registrations and certificates of completion for participating seniors.

 

"We are delighted to receive these generous gifts and extremely grateful to have the opportunity to collaborate with Microsoft and Que Publishing," said Leslie M. Smith, SeniorNet Board Chairman, and IBM Business Development Executive. “Providing computer skills and new technology to seniors will help in tearing down the walls of isolation and ultimately enhance their quality of life".

 

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About SeniorNet

SeniorNet (www.seniornet.org) is the nation's premier and most respected nonprofit organization specializing in computer and Internet education for adults over 55 and those in need. Since 1986, SeniorNet has empowered more than one million Boomers and Seniors by providing encouragement, lifelong learning opportunities and new worlds to explore via the Internet. Based in Herndon, Virginia, it has approximately 6,000 members. SeniorNet is staffed by more than 3,000 volunteers and has more than 50 Learning Centers in the United States, including Indian Reservations and underserved areas.

 

Contacts

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Michele M. Williams, 571-203-7100
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