OLLI partners with OTA Club

By: Lisa S. Icenogle
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The Osher Lifelong Learning Center at Casper College has teamed up with the Occupational Therapy Assistants’ Club at Casper College to help seniors connect with technology.

The Casper College OTA Club has partnered with the Tech2Connect Program to offer two open labs, free for all seniors. “The purpose of the labs is to provide instruction, answer questions, give assistance in figuring out devices like laptops, phones, and tablets or apps or programs like Zoom, social media apps, and smartphone apps,” said Jeaneece Schmidt, lifelong learning specialist.

Theresa Robinett, occupational therapy assistant instructor, sponsors the OTA Club. Robinette has partnered with Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources for many years. This year, thanks to funds received through the coronavirus aid bill, “ … the goal is to help seniors feel more comfortable and confident with using technology to be able to increase their ability to communicate, and even decrease feelings of isolation,” Robinett said.

Two labs are available for seniors to participate in every Tuesday and Thursday through April. The Tuesday lab is held on ZOOM from 4-6 p.m. The Thursday lab is in person and is held in Liesinger Hall, Room 114, from noon-2 p.m.

To participate in the Zoom or in-person lab, contact Robinett at 307-268-3112 or theresa.robinett@caspercollege.edu.

Tech2Connect is a partnership with the University of Wyoming Center on Aging, the Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources, the Wyoming Department of Health, and Casper College.

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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