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Computer class leads to new lab

Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2001

A weekly visit to Kenai Central High School by the Kenai Senior Center has grown into a popular outing.

Kathy Isaak, assistant director at the center, has been taking the seniors to the school for a computer class that started Feb. 1.

"They are really jazzed about the computer labs," Isaak said.

During the classes, the group of 20 to 25 uses a beginning computer book and learns the ins and outs of the computer -- everything from turning the machine on to what memory devices are.

"It is amazing what they have learned," Isaak said, adding that with the classes, many have learned what they need to know and have purchased their own computers.

Isaak said she received so much response that another basic class is planned to begin Wednesday.

But that is not the only project in the works.

Isaak said Phillips Petroleum, Tesoro and the city of Kenai have donated computers, software and a workspace to help the center open its own computer lab. The lab will have seven computers, all with Internet connections.

Currently, the center is waiting on the Internet connection and other small nuances.

Also, all the proceeds from the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater held April 6 will go to fund the lab.

"This will enable us to finish the lab off and get us into the next year," Isaak said.

Betty Paynter, a cast member in the performance, said the idea of a computer lab is great, especially having the Internet access.

"I think it is wonderful. It keeps us in touch with our families and the whole world," she said.

Dan English, another cast member, said he has taken the computer classes and even helped out in the beginning.

"I learned a few things, and I liked it," he said. "It was a definite plus."

He said he noticed some reluctance with some of the class members.

"There are more seniors starting to get computers, but they are afraid of them," he said.

Isaak agreed that fear often is a problem, but many are able to get over that hurdle and have fun.



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