YMCA of Central Ohio

CONNECT OHIO - Free computer and internet training program

Participants of the free training are eligible to receive Internet service discounts as low as $10/month and special computer offers

COLUMBUS – Connect Ohio and YMCA Central Ohio have partnered to offer the Every Citizen Online (ECO) free basic computer and Internet training program. Through this collaborative effort, area adults are learning how to connect in ways many of us take for granted.

The ECO program is open to any Ohio adult and curriculum includes 6-hours of training covering computer basics, an introduction to the Internet, and an overview of the many benefits of using the Internet.

Central Ohio adults taking advantage of the training are eligible to receive home Internet service specials (as low as $10/month) and discounts toward computer purchases (starting at $119) from partner companies supporting the broadband training and adoption initiative.

Classes are forming now and take place at Hilltop YMCA/Cherry Creek multipurpose facility located at 600 Fox Ridge Street, Columbus.

Adults can register for the training by calling (614) 878-7260 and asking for Mary.

As an ECO partner organization, YMCA Central Ohio received 10 new computers, which will be used for more than just adult ECO training classes.

“The new computers will be used by participants in our summer child care program to keep their academic skills sharp, as many school-age children experience summer learning loss when school is out,” said YMCA Child Care Director Mary Schneider. “These computers will also be used by children during the school year to connect to their school assignments after school hours.”

“We are honored to partner with this anchor institution and to fulfill the vital need of basic computer training in our technologically driven society,” said Stu Johnson, executive director of Connect Ohio. “Our partnership with YMCA Central Ohio will extend the training to additional central Ohioans wanting to improve their computer skills and advance their education and job-readiness.”

More than 23,000 adults have already participated in the Every Citizen Online training since it launched. The training is being offered at nearly 300 locations throughout the state. A full list of training locations can be found at http://connectohio.org/training-facilities or by calling 1-855-NOW-I-CAN (669-4226).

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