Free Online Computer Lessons Target What Seniors Want

Top Quote Here's some surprising news. The biggest increase in Internet use since 2005 can be seen in the 70-75 year old age group according to a Pew Internet & Family Life Project report. Their usage increased from 26% to 45%. As more seniors look to the Internet to connect with family and friends, they are also looking for guidance to learn how to navigate the World Wide Web. End Quote
    Quote"It does not surprise me that the biggest increase in Internet use comes from older seniors" - Mimi Witcher, Founder CS4seniors.comQuote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 28, 2009 - Carrollton, TX – The summer months usually mean school is out but not at Computer School for Seniors. Recent research has inspired the online computer school to develop new lesson plans, which are now available for free at

    A new study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project showed the biggest increase in Internet use since 2005 can be seen in the 70-75 year-old age group. While just over one-fourth (26%) of 70-75 year olds were online in 2005, 45% of that age group is currently online.

    “This does not surprise me,” said Mimi Witcher, a 65 year old tech savvy instructor and founder of Computer School for Seniors. “I see a steady increase in my college classes geared toward seniors and online at our Computer School for Seniors. I love their enthusiasm and desire to learn new things.” The report also identified the primary interests among computer users falling in this age group. The report states, “Researching health information is the third most popular online activity with the most senior age group, after email and online searches.”

    Computer School for Seniors is responding accordingly and has developed lesson plans targeting these areas of interest. “Based on this information,” said Witcher, “we recognized a need to create a new Department on our Internet Campus specifically for seniors who want to become more knowledgeable about using the Internet for email and searches.” In an effort to make the information easily accessible, the newly launched lesson plans are being offered for free.

    About Computer School for Seniors: Computer School for Seniors is the brainchild of 65-year-old Mimi Witcher who has been teaching computer classes to seniors for the past eight years at Richland College in Dallas, TX. She was honored for her excellence in teaching as the “Teacher of the Year” in 2005/2006. At the request of a 90-year-old student who could no longer attend classes due to health issues, Witcher decided to expand her teaching online. That decision resulted in an expansive virtual campus featuring twelve departments with expert faculty advisors including a Computer Learning Center, Internet Café, Government Center, Financial Services Center, a Travel Center and seven more. Since launching in 2008, Computer School for Seniors has attracted senior students from coast to coast as well as some enrollments coming from as far away as Greece, Australia, Spain and France.

    For more information about Computer School for Seniors or to tour the campus, visit

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