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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Public library to offer free adult digital literacy courses

  • Thanks to connect Arkansas the Phillips County Public Library will be able to offer free adult digital literacy courses.
    The courses will be held Tuesday, Jan. 29 and Wednesday, Jan. 30. The classes slated for Jan. 29 focuses on Internet basics. The classes set for Jan. 30 will deal with basic emailing.
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  • Thanks to connect Arkansas the Phillips County Public Library will be able to offer free adult digital literacy courses. The courses will be held Tuesday, Jan. 29 and Wednesday, Jan. 30. The classes slated for Jan. 29 focuses on Internet basics. The classes set for Jan. 30 will deal with basic emailing. Each class lasts an hour. They are scheduled for 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Only three people can participate in each hourly session. Each student will be provided a computer. To sign up for a class, prospective students should contact Erica Deiss at 870-338-3537. Connect Arkansas, a project of Arkansas Capital Corp., received federal stimulus grants to increase Internet awareness education and use in Arkansas. Connect Arkansas initiated the Adult Digital Literacy program as part of that grant. More than 25 such classes are scheduled for January throughout Arkansas. “The Internet has become an integral part of life and Arkansans deserve every opportunity to participate,” commented C. Sam Walls, chief executive officer of Arkansas Capital Corp. and Arkansas Connect president. “By educating the adults in our communities, we are setting them up to be able to communicate with and stay connected to their families, friends, healthcare professionals and communities more efficiently and effectively.” ACCG is a group of privately held for-profit and non-profit corporations devoted to improving Arkansans lives. ACCG and its associate companies help entrepreneurs by making capital available to businesses through programs. It also backs entrepreneurs with capital and educational and technological improvements. ACCG has eight affiliates including Arkansas Capital Corp., Six Bridges Capital Corp., Arkansas Relending Capital Corp., Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation, Diamond State Ventures, Heartland Renaissance Fund, Connect Arkansas and Pine State Capital. Established in 2007, Connect Arkansas is a private non-profit corporation committed to increasing high-speed Internet subscription and improving and maintaining Internet adoption throughout the state. Gov. Mike Beebe signed the Arkansas Broadband Act into law on March 28, 2007. The intent of the law was to improve the personal lives and creating economic opportunities for Arkansans. Act 604 of the 2007 Arkansas General Assembly states that Connect Arkansas's mission is to “prepare the people and businesses of Arkansas to secure the economic, educational, health, social and other benefits available through broadband use.” Connect Arkansas strives to move ahead with that goal through community-based plans.

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