Training Helps Families Stay Connected

Technology For All’s program specialists are always looking to help new computer users find ways to use technology to improve their life. Tom Swinnea, program specialist at the Bastrop Public Library, recently shared the success story of several of his students. Tom said, “With Technology For All, it is always a pleasure to work with someone creating their first email address.  For two Bastrop Public Library patrons, their email lives started last week.”

One older gentleman’s chief need is to communicate more easily with his relatives. He also wanted to share pictures with his extended family, so Tom’s classes taught him email basics, including how to send emails with photo attachments.

A young woman in Tom’s class, interested in searching for jobs on the Internet, was also new to the world of email. Tom was able to assist her in setting up an email address, which she used to apply for jobs. Many employers now require an email address as part of a job application, to communicate with potential employees and set up interviews. Using her new email address, the young woman was able to get started on filling out online applications right away.

Email training is just one of many computer-related subjects taught in the free classes offered by Technology For All. At the Bastrop Library, the classes take place on Tuesday evenings, from 6:30-8 p.m., and Thursday mornings, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Program specialist Tom Swinnea is also available for one-on-one assistance during proficiency hours from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesdays and noon to 2 p.m. on Thursdays, to help with setting up email accounts and field all computer questions.

Other proficiency hour training with Tom has included Excel spreadsheet work for a Bastrop resident who needed to track and report student grades for long distance learners, Ebay training for a library patron who wanted to expand her business, and several instances of helping patrons work with state and federal government forms.