Turning Bay residents into digital citizens

Hundreds of people from around the Bay of Plenty have enhanced their technology know-how thanks to a free computing course run by Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. The course, known as ‘digital citizens’, introduces people to modern computing methods, including cloud computing.

Tutor Lee Harrison says students are using it to great effect in their work and personal lives.

“We’ve had students from all walks of life take this course and apply what they’ve learned in amazing ways,” says Lee.

“We’ve had everything from learners who have missed the computing boat, to small business owners learning about how cloud computing can make their business run more efficiently and effectively.”

Lee says supportive tutors are key to the students’ success.

“We get a lot of students that don’t have much previous experience with computers, so we start with the fundamentals.

“By the end of the 12-week course, they are creating their own websites.”

The course has proven so popular, it is now running from multiple locations including Toi Ohomai’s Windermere and Bongard campuses, as well as Mount Maunganui, Brookfield, Omokoroa, Katikati, Papamoa and Te Puke.

“We’re running day and night classes in most areas so we can offer this free course to anyone who wants to learn,” says Lee. “Being current with technology is a vital way to stay connected, not only at work, but with friends and family too.”

For more information call: 0800 86 46 46 or visit: toiohomai.ac.nz