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'PARTNERSHIP' BRINGS SENIORS INTO THE INFORMATION AGE

 HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- A Huntsville partnership will open new doors into the "Information Age" for area seniors.
 A new SeniorNet Learning Center opens today (Jan. 14) at The Huntsville-Madison County Senior Center. The center will offer computer classes in word processing for writing letters or journals, databases for organizing information, spreadsheets for financial management and telecommunications for obtaining useful information or communicating with others.
 South Central Bell, IBM and Bethco, a local IBM dealer, have provided financial support and equipment donations for the project. The Huntsville-Madison County Senior Center is providing the classroom facility and has formed a group of senior volunteers to organize and teach the computer classes.
 "We're tremendously excited about adding this innovative program to the services offered by the Senior Center," said Anne Parris, the Senior Center's Computer Learning Center coordinator. "The response from seniors has been fantastic. We've had over 40 people indicate they're interested and that will fill our first four classes."
 "This is a great example of how large businesses can cooperate to offer seniors a chance to become more aware of 'Information Age' technologies, such as computers, telecommunications and information services, and how very helpful they can be in their daily lives," said R. Neal Travis, president of South Central Bell in Alabama.
 "By working together, we can accomplish much more than any of us could alone," said Richard Harrison, IBM general manager, Alabama/Mississippi. "Bringing a SeniorNet Learning Center to Huntsville will open new worlds to many seniors who've never had the chance to learn about computers and become a part of the Information Age."
 BellSouth and IBM have supported the opening of SeniorNet Centers throughout the southeast including joint support of centers in Huntsville, Ala., and Nashville, Tenn.
 The SeniorNet Learning Center at the Senior Center is part of a recent nationwide collaborative effort of corporations who have joined together to increase the supply and enhance the quality of a broad range of dependent care programs.
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 /CONTACT: Anne Parris of the Huntsville-Madison County Senior Center, 205-536-4481; Bob Chappelle of South Central Bell, 205-532-8742; Pam Evans of IBM, 404-877-6165; or Dick Perkins of SeniorNet, 415-750-5030/


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