District 163 Adult Tech Classes Get Rave Reviews

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- A number of residents of Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 have become more facile with technology and comfortable with its use thanks to the Adult Technology Literacy courses that the school district recently offered to its community residents.

“I really felt illiterate about technology,” said Ira Mitchell during the Introduction to Personal Computers class. “Now I have set up gmail and Facebook accounts and I surf the Internet.”

Mr. Mitchell was one of 44 adults who took advantage of the free evening classes that met on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for six weeks during February and March at Forest Trail Middle School and were funded by the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grant. Students learned how to use Internet and Google apps, PowerPoint, Excel, and digital imaging. A similar program was offered last year by District 163.

“I learned quite a bit. The classes were informative and I looked forward to coming to the sessions every Tuesday and Thursday evening,” said Doris Pumphrey, who was enrolled in the PowerPoint and digital imaging class. “Our teacher was wonderful and presented information in a way that was easy to follow. I’m able to use what I learned on my computer at home. I am making a scrapbook and I made a slideshow with music with family photographs that I have. If classes are offered next year, I will be there.”

Susan Hoffer-Klimczak, Assistant to the IT Manger/Curriculum Specialist, in the District and coordinator of the evening classes, said that several of the participants had taken classes last year from District 163 and returned to increase their proficiency. “A survey at the end of the classes indicated that 100 percent of our participants would take another course with us,” said Mrs. Hoffer-Klimczak. “The District has excellent technology and it is wonderful to have this opportunity to share it with our community. District staff members teach the classes and they have experience with classroom instruction and with the material they are teaching so our participants feel very comfortable in the classes. Interestingly, after taking the classes, more than half of the participants said they would like to volunteer in our schools. That is a very nice benefit for the school district.”