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CLASSES TEACH SENIOR ADULTS ABOUT COMPUTERS

 NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 20 ~PRNewswire~ -- Training got underway today to provide senior adults in Nashville the opportunity to learn about computers through classes designed specifically for them.
 Classes will be small and feature hands-on activities. No previous computer experience is necessary and seniors will find these classes enjoyable and "user friendly."
 A new SeniorNet Learning Center will open for classes in January. The center, located at the Knowles Senior Center, 1801 Broadway, will offer 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 and IBM have provided financial support and equipment donations for the project. Senior Citizens, Inc. is providing the classroom facility and has formed a group of senior volunteers interested in organizing and managing the center.
 "We believe the opportunity to learn about computer technologies will not only enrich the lives of many senior adults in our community but will empower them to become active participants in the Information Age," said Julie Wright, staff manager for South Central Bell in Nashville.
 "By working together, we can accomplish much more than any of us could do alone," said Tom Smith, IBM vice president and Southern Area general manager. "Bringing a SeniorNet Learning Center to the Nashville community will open new worlds to many seniors who've never had the chance to learn about computers."
 "This is an exciting project and one which Senior Citizens, Inc. is proud to be sponsoring," said Roz Kaplan, director of Center Services for SCI. "We've seen tremendous enthusiasm and dedication from our coordinating committee and we already have a list of people interested in taking classes once the center opens."
 The first SeniorNet Center in BellSouth opened in Baton Rouge, La., in July. SeniorNet Centers are planned for each of the nine states in BellSouth.
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 ~CONTACT: Roz Kaplan of Senior Citizens, Inc., 615-327-4551; Karen M. Roughton of BellSouth, 404-529-6514; or Pam Evans of IBM, 404-877-6165~
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