In an effort to bridge the digital divide and provide older adults with the tools they need to stay connected, Lincoln Land Community College is offering free classes on rapidly changing technology. The courses will cover topics such as email, the internet, mobile devices, cybersecurity, computer basics, and video conferencing. These classes will take place at the college’s downtown Springfield center located at 130 W. Mason St.
According to Laurel Bretz, an assistant vice president at LLCC, many older adults are struggling to keep up with the fast pace of technological advancements and feel isolated, frustrated, and socially excluded as a result. Bretz emphasized that these classes are designed to help seniors catch up with the rest of the world and feel more comfortable using technology in their daily lives.
More information about the classes and how to register can be found at llcc.edu/digital-literacy. David C.L. Bauer, editor and publisher of the Journal-Courier, has worked in various roles in journalism for over a decade. He joined the publication in 2009 as an editor and took on publisher responsibilities in 2016. Prior to his current position, he worked as an editor for newspapers in Florida, Ohio, and Kentucky and was also an adjunct instructor of journalism at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. Additionally, he has experience working at radio stations in Ohio as a news director and disc jockey.