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Easier to click and learn

Students in a small Shuswap community now gave a greater opportunity to click, browse and learn.

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District recently donated nine surplus computers, one printer, a server, a network switch and a firewall to the Malakwa Learning Centre.

In addition to the equipment donation, the CSRD contributed IT staff time to ensure the computers were refurbished, set up and working properly.

"The very generous donation of computers and necessary equipment and the time of staff to install it from the CSRD has added so much to the Malakwa Learning Centre," said Rhona Martin, CSRD board chairperson.

"This donation will open up opportunities for those in our community that are wanting to learn.”

The equipment is making its debut as part of the Experience Works program, currently running in Malakwa.

The program helps people 55-plus gain skills needed to find employment. The program is a partnership between the province, regional district, Okanagan College and the Malakwa Learning Centre.

It includes courses to upgrade skills in basic math, communications and computer use, as well as offering hospitality industry training, such as FoodSafe certification.

"It is improving the skills of older workers which, at the end of the day, improves quality of life, health and community," said Martin.

The equipment will be permanently located at the Malakwa centre.

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