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Technology deciphered with Learning Council tutor

Posted on September 16, 2014 by Sunny South News

Are you afraid of technology? Do you think the Facebook is a big collection of awkward funny face photos? Do you want to know what a Tweet is and how to surf the net on an iPad mini?

The County of Lethbridge Community Learning Council (CLCLC) has got you covered this fall with Free Drop-In Computer/Technology Assistance.

“My role here with the Community Learning Council is the drop-in computer tutor. Basically, I’m here Monday and Wednesday nights from 5-8 p.m., as a resource for anyone coming in who would like help with any computer-related issue. I can do my best to help with that. If it’s some comprehensive programming thing — I might not be able to help. I’m currently a first-year computer science student. My passion is definitely in technology,” said 18-year-old University of Lethbridge computer science student Brayden Lisecki.

According to the tutor, who grew up in Coaldale, he is ready and willing to help anyone who needs help with a digital camera, learn how to use Facebook or has questions about being safe on the Internet.

“Or maybe they bought a new laptop and they want to set it up or got some technology passed onto them,” added Lisecki.

The drop-in tutor service is being offered at the CLCLC office, located in the Coaldale Public Library. The two-night a week sessions started last week and runs until Nov. 26 and is courtesy of the Serving Communities Internship Program (SCIP) through Volunteer Alberta.

“I actually saw a Facebook posting by the Town of Coaldale, that they were looking to hire the SCIP Internship and fill a computer tutor position here. But, I actually applied for the wrong one. I applied just for a general tutor for students who wanted help with their classes in high school but this is a little more up my alley. I’m here as a computer tutor instead,” he explained.

For those wanting help, Lisecki joked, obviously don’t bring your whole desktop computer system in.

“Cameras, phones, laptops and any portable computing or electronic devices that people want to bring in and have me help or look at or learn — certainly, we have the space. We have everything we need here,” said Lisecki, adding the library and CLCLC has computers, tablets and other technology available.

“If it’s something online, you don’t have to bring in your own computer,” he said.

This is a free service, Lisecki added, and hopefully Lethbridge County residents will take advantage of the opportunity.

“I think it’s important for people to utilize a service like this to save themselves a headache because I’m here to help and it’s something I have a lot of experience in and enjoy doing.”

“By coming here they might save themselves hours spent at home or having to e-mail or call tech support or pay somebody,” said Lisecki, adding he’s never done public computer tutoring before but has done private computer tutoring, consultation and computer building in the past.

“I guess any area of general computing I’ve touched and I’ve freelanced in. I’ve also done educational tutoring privately — some Chemistry and Math in high school,” he noted.

For more information about the CLCLC call 403-345-6009 or visit online at http://www.communityclasses.ca.

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