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4-H Teens to teach Digital Skills in Whiteside County

STERLING, Ill – In Whiteside County, local teen leaders are working with Whiteside County 4-H, community members, and Microsoft to develop targeted digital skills trainings. The training sessions will cover key topics from computer basics to social media and more. 

The 4-H Digital Ambassadors are excited to bring a series of trainings to adults of all ages on the following dates: April 24, May 15 & 22, June 5 & 12, and July 17. Trainings will take place at the Whiteside County Extension Office, 12923 Lawrence Rd. from 8-9:30 a.m. each day. Each training will cover a different topic and will have a short question and answer time built in. Participants are encouraged to register to reserve a seat, as there is limited space and equipment. You may register by calling the Whiteside County Extension Office, 815-632-3611 or by going online at

Topics covered include:

Keyboarding and computer basics
Browsing the web
Email Basics’
Understanding computer files
Social media and video chat
Online banking and more

These training will help the community take advantage of the new opportunities available to them as broadband access reaches their communities. Broadband internet access was made possible by Microsoft’s Airband initiative, which aims to extend broadband to three million Americans living in rural areas by June 2022.

Participants will be required to wear mask and follow social distancing guidelines. If you will need an accommodation in order to participate, please email Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

WRITER: Allie Johnston, Whiteside County 4-H Program Coordinator

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