Before she retired, LisaMarie Clay
knew little about computers, and she was baffled by the concept
of the World Wide Web. But after a few basic classes, the busy grandmother
of three has discovered how helpful the Internet can be.
Clay, 50, of West Hartford, said she
now relies on her computer in many aspects of her daily life: communicating
by e-mail, doing research for her part-time studies at Hartford
Seminary and organizing activities such as a women's retreat for
"I was amazed to learn all the
things you can do with a computer," she said.
Clay received her computer training
during Greater Hartford Black Family Technology Awareness Week,
which aims to help families of color by providing free educational
activities and access to information technology.
The fifth annual week of events will
be held in Hartford starting on Monday. The schedule coincides with
technology awareness weeks in other U.S. cities during Black History
Month. Participants will have opportunities to sign up for free
e-mail accounts or to win a new computer.
This year, basic classes in the Internet
and e-mail, Windows and Excel will be offered at Capital Community
College, 960 Main St., Hartford; and at the Urban League of Greater
Hartford, 140 Woodland St., Hartford, next Monday through Thursday
from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and on Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m.
Kenneth W. Mouning Sr., leader of the
Greater Hartford technology week, said a new seminar on how to set
up a home-based Internet business will be held Feb. 17 from 6 to
8 p.m. at the Liberty Christian Center Fellowship Hall, 23 Vine
"This seminar will work well for
stay-at-home moms, senior citizens or people who are in-between
careers," Mouning said. "The opportunities for business
on the Internet are endless."
Back for its second year will be a
seminar for individuals, small businesses or nonprofits on how to
design an effective website. It will be held Feb. 16 from 5:30 to
7:30 p.m. at the Urban League of Greater Hartford.
The Black Data Processing Associates
will present the forum "So, Now That You Have Internet Access,
What's Next?" Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Aetna, 151 Farmington
Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez will
discuss his new Wi-Fi initiative, the goal of which is to provide
free, high-speed Internet access for city residents, at the Greater
Hartford Technology Expo, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the
Liberty Christian Center Fellowship Hall.
All events are free and open to the
public, but pre-registration is required for the computer classes
and the seminars by calling 860-216-4300. Online registration is
available at www.ltoc.org.
The technology week is hosted by the
nonprofit Liberty Technology Outreach Center, which aims to increase
awareness about technology throughout Greater Hartford. Financial
supporters include St. Paul Travelers, CIGNA Foundation, Prudential
Financial, Wal-Mart, Aetna and the Career Communications Group.
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