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Manamko’ Learn to Use Computers at NMC (September 12, 2008)

Getting familiarized with the basic operations of a computer, becoming comfortable with the features of a keyboard, and understanding how to use word processing program were just a few of skills that many “manamko” students learned at a recent Northern Marianas College computer literacy course designed for senior citizens.

The course, offered through the Division of Community Programs and Services’ (COMPASS) Community Development Institute (CDI), is part of the College’s mission to provide customized, continuing educational and professional development opportunities in response to community needs.

A total of 27 students, referred by the Department of Cultural and Community Affairs’ Office of Aging, are participating in short-term computer classes at NMC, titled “Understanding PCs and How they Work” and “How to Properly Use a Computer Keyboard.” Many of the students mentioned that they are enjoying the new adventure and are interested in participating in future classes, according to CDI’s Carol Hosono.

“The Northern Marianas College is committed to bringing computer literacy and other skills to our Manamko’ in the Commonwealth,” said NMC President Dr. Carmen Fernandez. “The ongoing classes will ensure that they reap the benefits of today’s technology and that they are active participants in the information age.”

The classes began on August 25, 2008 and will last until September 18, 2008. For more information, please contact David John Apatang at 234-5498 ext. 1019.

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