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Senior Tech: You're never too old to learn about computers

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WATERLOO (KWWL) You're never too old to learn about technology. Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo offers a Senior Tech class.

Students must be at least 50 years old, but some exceptions are made. The oldest student was 100.

"People coming in are really apprehensive. They know they need to get into the technology age, but aren't sure how to go about it," said Senior Tech Assistant Manager Mike Tompkins.

Tompkins helped develop Senior Tech four years ago. So far, more than 800 students have learned computer basics. Tompkins said most people sign up for one of three reasons.

"Reason number one is to relieve boredom and find something to do. Reason number two is to communicate and reason number three, we have a number of people who are coming to upgrade skills and marketability for jobs," he said.

A career change is why Cindy Ferris signed up. She worked in child care for 20 years, but is looking for a new challenge. Part of the challenge is learning to use a computer.

"When you look for jobs everyone wants someone with computer experience," said Ferris.

Ferris comes to class twice a week for three hours. It ends up being 48 hours of instruction.

"It's fun. I look forward to coming. I wish I could come everyday," she said.

Ferris said everyone can take this class and succeed.

"If you have no computer experience, don't worry about it because they start from word one and go all the way through it as many times as you need. There's nothing to be afraid of," she said.

"One of our students went back to a job site and people she thought were the 'experts' said, "How'd you do that?"

Proving you're never too old to become a technology guru.

Another session of Senior Tech starts January 12th. There's also an Internet class and an elective technology class. The cost is $99 for eight weeks. For more information call Mike at 319-296-4230.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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