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Computer Center Helps Educate Community Organizations

The Intergenerational Computer Center (ICC) at Oklahoma City University has scheduled several upcoming educational events for community organizations.

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation and more than 60 high school counselors from throughout the state used the ICC last month for a professional development event that included website support resources.

The Oklahoma Center for Non Profits will hold two training events for their membership – one on writing and another on how to use QuickBooks business management software. The organization seeks to strengthen the state’s nonprofit sector through training, consulting, advocacy, networking and awards.

The Cherokee Nation’s Indian Child Welfare Department will come to the ICC for a training session in March to conduct professional development and have their staff and stakeholders learn about website support resources.

In March, the ICC will travel to Ardmore to host an iCivics event for social studies teachers in that area to learn about the iCivics program, a Web-based education project founded by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor that is designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in U.S. democracy. The iCivics instruction is provided by a partnership with the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Law-related Education Department.

The ICC in April will host a session of Lawyers in the Classroom, a program of the Oklahoma Bar Association through its Law-related Education Department, to promote school and attorney partnerships. The training will consist of professional development to help lawyers in the community teach civics lessons and assist with citizenship activities.

The ICC started a series of mobile lab programs for the Woodson Park Senior Center of the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department, the Sanctuary Homeless Shelter sponsored by Catholic Charities, the Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services in Midwest City and for the Sunbeam Family Services Homeless Shelter. These groups are learning how to make letters and flyers in Microsoft Word, apply for e-mail accounts, edit photos and make movies.

The Intergenerational Computer Center is open to the public and features workstations located in four computer rooms and in a mobile classroom that travels around the community. Classes are offered throughout the year to address the interests and needs of residents from preschool age through retirement. Computers are also available for individual use.

The ICC is located at N.W. 27th Street and Florida Avenue. For more information visit www.okcu.edu/icc,  call (405) 208-6230 or e-mail icc@okcu.edu.

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