NWOET Offers Free Digital Literacy Program to Adults

Posted Sep 2nd, 2012 by Lyndsey Kleven  Category: Arts & Entertainment


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August 29, 2012

One area company found 35% of employees wanted basic computer training

BOWLING GREEN – Northwest Ohio Educational Technology (NWOET) is a partner in Connect Ohio’s statewide Every Citizen Online (ECO) free basic computer and Internet training program, offering training for any interested adult. Through this collaborative effort, Ohioans are learning basic computer and Internet skills that are vital in many jobs.

Marathon Special Products is one partner organization that serves as a NWOET training site, offering training sessions for interested employees. Through an employee survey conducted by the company, 35% of employees voiced an interest and need for learning computer basics. The company has already trained more than 50 of its employees through the program and continues to hold training regularly. (Watch the video and read more about this story on our blog.)

“If I ever need to learn more for a machine that I have to operate, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to see if I can learn some more (about computers), so then it might be easier,” said Timothy Moore, ECO participant and Marathon Special Products employee. “I figure it will be best to learn all I can.”

The 6-hour digital literacy program includes curriculum on computer basics, an introduction to the Internet and e-mail, and an overview of the many benefits of using the Internet. Upon completion of the training, participants are eligible to receive discounts toward computer purchases.

“Northwest Ohio Educational Technology is excited to provide basic computer skills to our community,” said Judith Tucker, ECO coordinator for NWOET. “We’re thrilled to be able to extend this educational opportunity to employees looking to broaden their computer knowledge to advance their skills in the workplace. The ECO program is offered to the public at 5 additional locations in Wood County and is a great way for our local citizens to gain experience and confidence with computers and the Internet.”

Classes are being offered at the locations listed below. Participants can register by calling NWOET at 1-800-966-9638.

• Pemberville Public Library
? September 7, 13, & 20 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

• Stony Ridge
? September 7, 13, & 20 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

• Good Shepherd (Fostoria)
• NWOET (Bowling Green)
• Wayne Public Library

More than 24,000 adults have already participated in the ECO training since it launched. The training is open to any Ohio adult and is being offered at nearly 300 locations throughout the state. A full list of training locations can be found at or by calling 1-855-NOW-I-CAN (669-4226).

Free self-paced training is also offered online from any computer with Internet access at

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About Connect Ohio: Connect Ohio, a division of Connected Nation, is a leading technology organization committed to bringing affordable high-speed Internet and broadband-enabled resources to all Ohioans. Connect Ohio effectively raises the awareness of the value of broadband and works to improve technology access, adoption, and use through its programs. Connect Ohio is a nonprofit, technology-neutral public-private partnership. For more information about what Connect Ohio is doing to accelerate technology in Ohio’s communities, visit Follow Connect Ohio on Facebook and Twitter.

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