Computer classes leave seniors savvy about technology


Computer savvy is just a click away, and it is much cheaper than many might think.

Check out a class in the area for affordable computer classes. These classes are geared toward seniors.


South Brevard

In south Brevard, check out the Greater Palm Bay Senior Center at 1275 Culver Drive NE in  Palm Bay for its current computer class series.

Classes started March 25 and run for eight weeks, meeting from 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Monday and Thursday.

Anyone is welcome to join the class during the second week, which began April 1, to get caught up on the basics from week one.

“We teach basic computer skills,’’ said Frank Joslin, the IT manager for the Greater Palm Bay Senior Center. “Right now, we are teaching Windows 10, Edge Explorer. We also teach whatever email application members are using.”

The eight-week session costs $25 in addition to a $25 membership fee to join the GPBSC.

Another eight-week session will be offered in the fall. JoAnne DeRitter and several other teachers make the classes enjoyable for all levels of computer users.

“We have three different levels, but most students take the basic computer class,” Joslin said.  “Some people take the same class again because they will learn something new every time.”

The Thursday class is a lab with hands-on laptop experience.

For information, call Joslin at the Palm Bay Senior Center at 321-724-1338.


Central Brevard

The Martin Andersen Senior Center at 1025 Florida Ave. in Rockledge offers computer classes from 2 to 3 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. Classes cost $6 for members and $7 for non-members.

“What I like to do is go around the room and ask what everyone has trouble with,” Bob Beck said. “I make a list of those things, and then we spend the class helping out with those computer problems.”

To attend the classes, sign up in advance by calling Beck at 321-633-5987.  Beck said he will hold the monthly class if at least two or three people are signed up.


North Brevard

The North Brevard Senior Center at 909 Lane Ave. in Titusville offers computer classes on Tuesdays by appointment. The cost is $3 for members and $4 for non-members.

According to the NBSC, the classes include basic computer skills such as email set up, how to navigate a computer and how to set up a password.  It is best if users bring their own laptop if they have one.

Attendees can get answers to specific questions such as how to get from point A to point B, as well as internet usage. Of note is having a cell phone to set up an email for verification purposes.

For information, interested seniors can call the NBSC at 321-268-2333.

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