Connect Arkansas, a project of Arkansas Capital Corp., Friday announced that free adult digital literacy classes will be held at the Helena Public Library in July. The classes will focus on Internet and email basics.
Each class will last one hour and classes will be held at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. on July 24 and July 25. There is a limit of three people for each one-hour class, and each student is provided with a computer. To sign up for a class, prospective students should contact Erica Deiss at 870-338-3537.
Connect Arkansas received federal stimulus grants to increase Internet awareness, education and use in Arkansas. As part of that grant, Connect Arkansas launched the Adult Digital Literacy Program. More than 50 classes are scheduled for July throughout Arkansas.
“The Internet has become an integral part of life, and Arkansans deserve every opportunity to participate,” said C. Sam Walls, chief executive officer of Arkansas Capital Corp. and president of Connect Arkansas. “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.”
Arkansas Capital Corporation Group (ACCG) is a privately held group of for-profit and non-profit corporations dedicated to improving the lives of Arkansans. ACCG and its affiliate companies empower entrepreneurs by providing capital to businesses through its capital availability programs and advocating for entrepreneurs through capital, educational and technological improvements. ACCG serves as the platform from which new opportunities are launched and today includes eight affiliates including Arkansas Capital Corporation (ACC), Six Bridges Capital Corporation (6BCC), Arkansas Capital Relending Corporation (ACRC), Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation (AEAF), Diamond State Ventures (DSV), Heartland Renaissance Fund (HRF), Connect Arkansas, and Pine State Capital (PSC).
Connect Arkansas, established in 2007, is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to increasing high-speed Internet subscription and improving and sustaining Internet adoption throughout Arkansas. Gov. Mike Beebe signed the Connect Arkansas Broadband Act into law on March 28, 2007, with the goal of improving personal lives and creating economic opportunity 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 via broadband use.” Connect Arkansas seeks to advance that goal through community-based initiatives.