Theresa Scott works as a family consumer sciences agent with the University of Kentucky
Cooperative Extension Service. Her job is to serve consumers of all ages throughout
Scott, who works closely with the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association (KEHA),
learned that many members were struggling with the evolution of technology and the
role it plays in their lives.
None of us were born to know this, Scott said, smiling, as her and members of the
KEHA participated in a Gizmos and Gadgets class on Friday, January 30 offered by the
Workforce Solutions team at Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC).
The class, facilitated by BSCTC Information Technology Specialist Casey Music, highlighted
issues in navigating and connecting devices. The group plans to meet monthly over
the next four or five months.
Technology is all around us, and it is becoming increasingly essential in our day-to-day
activities, said Music. Most of us take technology for granted because we have evolved
with it over time either through school or through our jobs. Theres a population of
people who were not brought up in the technology age, but seek to learn the basic
skills to navigate the Internet and work particular devices.
Scott said the class was beneficial because it helps promote the mission of life-long
learning through the KEHA.
With technology, you can still be close to your family and friends a world away, she
said. This class brings a practical and personalized approach to technology. Were
learning and growing at a pace that is acceptable, and our hope is that we can take
home what we learn after each meeting and apply it to our lives.
The first class focused on issues such as terminology, safety and security, tablets
and smartphones, social media, online shopping and different platforms and operating
Kelli Hall, director of Workforce Solutions at BSCTC, said the college plans to offer
a variety of Gizmo and Gadgets courses across the service area.
Learning is a life-long process, and we want to encourage those who are interested
in technology to contact us and allow us to help them navigate the waters of technology,
she said. What weve learned is that an increased knowledge of computers, smartphones
and tablets truly enhance the quality of life of senior citizens.
To learn more about the Gizmos and Gadgets course, contact Sally Porter at (606) 788-2944
or email email@example.com.