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Recent News // Release: Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development Partners with Connect Ohio to Offer Computer Training to Area Adults

Thursday, January 10, 2013



The free training is now offered to adults in Clermont, Coshocton, Fairfield, Lawrence, and Meigs counties


COLUMBUS – Connect Ohio and the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD) have partnered to offer the Every Citizen Online (ECO) free basic computer and Internet training program. Through this collaborative effort, area adults are learning how to connect in ways many of us take for granted. Participants of the program are also eligible to take advantage of discounted Internet service and computer purchases.

“We are pleased to partner with Connect Ohio in bringing greater opportunities to people in our communities,” said Ronald Rees, executive director of COAD. “Too often, progress leaves people in rural areas behind and this initiative will assist them greatly in moving into the Internet age.”

As an ECO partner organization, COAD received 48 new computers to equip several training location computer labs, including 24 new laptop computers to create two mobile labs.

The computer and Internet basic training is a natural fit for the organization’s community and education services, with coursework that includes 6-hours of training covering computer basics, an introduction to the Internet, and an overview of the many benefits of using the Internet.

Area adults taking advantage of the ECO training are eligible to receive home broadband service specials and discounts toward computer purchases (starting at $119) from partner companies supporting the broadband training initiative.

Classes are forming now and take place at the following locations:

Briggs Lawrence County Public Library
Registration: (800) 807-9781
·       Chesapeake Branch, 11054 County Road 1, Chesapeake
·       Ironton Branch, 321 South Fourth Street, Ironton
·       Proctorville Branch, 410 Elizabeth Street, Proctorville
·       South Point Branch, 317 Solida Road, South Point
Coshocton County Department of Job & Family Services
Registration: (740) 295-7497
725 Pine Street, Coshocton
Fairfield County BDD Opportunity Center
Registration: (800) 807-9781
4465 Coonpath Road NW, Carroll
Meigs County District Public Library
Registration: (800) 807-9781
Pomeroy Branch, 216 W. Main Street, Pomeroy
Work One of Clermont County
Registration: (800) 807-9781
756 Old State Route 74, Cincinnati

Any Ohio adult is eligible to complete the free training.

“We are privileged to partner with the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development and to fulfill the vital need of basic computer training in areas we haven’t yet been able to service,” said Stu Johnson, executive director of Connect Ohio. “Partnering with this well-established community organization is extending ECO training to Appalachian Ohioans who want to improve their computer skills and advance their education and job-readiness.”

More than 32,000 adults have already participated in the Every Citizen Online training since it launched. The training is offered at 250 locations throughout the state. A full list of training locations can be found at or by calling 1-855-NOW-I-CAN (669-4226).

View videos of ECO trainings and interviews with participants

Additional information on Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development

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