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Owens in partnership to offer free introduction to computers

Do you have a mouse in your house?

Not the twitchy-nosed rodent, but the hand-operated device that tells a computer what to do.

How to use a computer mouse will be among skills taught during free, hands-on computer classes offered to area residents at four locations in northwest Ohio in the coming weeks through the Every Citizen Online project.

A new educational initiative, Every Citizen Online is being led by Connect Ohio as part of a $6.9 million federal grant the organization has received to help expand access to broadband Internet across the state.

The continuing education computer classes are being offered through Owens Community College as it partners with Connect Ohio, a nonprofit public-private partnership that has as its goal connecting all Ohioans to high-speed Internet service.

The organization's federal grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.

Computer classes are to be offered at the Owens Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo, the Owens Learning Center at Arrowhead Park in Maumee, Owens' Findlay-area campus, and the Wood County Courthouse in Bowling Green.

The initial computer class is scheduled for May 5 at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center, Indian Wood Circle, Maumee.

It is to begin at 5:30 p.m. and is to cover computer basics and an introduction to the Internet, and is to include a discussion about how broadband can be helpful in daily life.

Classes are scheduled at 5 p.m. May 10 at the Owens Learning Center at The Source, at 9 a.m. May 13 at the Wood County Courthouse, and at 5:30 p.m. May 17 at the Owens Learning Center at Arrowhead Park. Additional dates will be scheduled during May and June.

To register for the free classes, contact the college's Workforce and Community Services at (567) 661-7357 or 1-800-GO-OWENS extension 7357.

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