BY JAMES HARPER
There are 10 new computers at the John H. Dickerson Center and residents soon will be able to take classes to learn how to operate their own computer, surf the Internet and send emails.
Sharonda Cowell, a recreation leader at the center for the past 12 years, says she can’t wait for people to start showing up to use the new computers.
The computer lab will be open while she works from noon to 8 p.m. during the week.
Cowell said this is not the first time the center has had computers. She said ones there in the past had been refurbished and there had been problems with them.
Tutoring for kids, seniors
The computer lab is located in the Dickerson Center where the Dickerson Center Library was once housed.
Also in the computer lab is a pool table and a big screen television, which can be used by residents not on the computers.
Cowell said she along with others will be offering homework assistance to children and soon will begin a senior citizens computer class to teach the basics.
“We are looking for partnerships with surround colleges to have students help school-age children with their homework,” Crowell noted.
She said tutorial hours are tentative scheduled to be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
The senior citizens computer classes will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Limited access to Internet sites
Hours for the computer lab will be Monday through Thursday 1:30 – to 3:30 and 5 to 7 p.m.
Access to computer lab will be available earlier depending on staff availability.
The Dickerson Center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“It is our hope students come to the labs to learn and use it to help improve their grades,” said Cowell.
Cowell said Internet access is limited. Visitors can’t log on to pornography, chat websites, You Tube or Facebook.
“Of course you can Google, Yahoo and visit similar websites,” said Cowell.
Parent or guardians are encouraged to accompany their children during tutoring times.
For more information, call the Dickerson Center at 386-671-5823 or the city’s Leisure Services Department at 386-671-8337. The Midtown Cultural and Education Center also has computers. For more details, call 386-671-5544.