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      Free six-hour computer classes during July

      People can sign-up for six-hour computer classes during July.Free computer classes in July

      Area residents interested in enhancing their knowledge and skills with computers and the Internet are invited to participate in free continuing education computer classes as Owens Community College and the non-profit Connect Ohio organization announce training opportunities during the month of July.

      Individuals will be able to attend free computer classes at Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio at 626 N. Huron St. in Toledo, Wood County JOBsolutions at 1928 E. Gypsy Lane Rd. in Bowling Green, Hancock County JOBsolutions at 7746 County Road 140 Suite B in Findlay and the Owens Learning Center at Arrowhead Park in Maumee in July.

      The educational initiative, titled Every Citizen Online, is led by Connect Ohio as part of a $6.9 million federal grant the organization has received to help expand access to broadband Internet to consumers across the state. Each class will highlight computer basics, an introduction to the Internet and discussion about how broadband can be helpful in daily life.

      The upcoming six-hour computer classes will take place Tuesday and Thursday, July 9 and 11 from 1-4 p.m. at Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio and Fridays, July 12 and 19 from 1-4 p.m. at Wood County JOBsolutions. Classes will also occur Monday and Wednesday, July 15 and 17 from 9 a.m. ?? 12 p.m. at Hancock County JOBsolutions and Monday and Wednesday, July 22 and 24 from 9 a.m. ?? 12 p.m. at the College??s Arrowhead Park Learning Center. Classes will also take place in August and September.

      Connect Ohio is a non-profit public-private partnership, whose mission is to see all Ohioans connected to the benefits of high-speed Internet service. The organization??s federal grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Commerce??s National Telecommunications and Information Administration??s (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

      For more information, or to register for the free classes, individuals can call (567) 661-7357 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7357.