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Computer Commuter Profile

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The Computer Commuter is a tricked out van with public access to computers and broadband. It travels aroudn Lac qui Parle County Minnesota allowing residents to stop in and take a spin or learn a …

The Computer Commuter is a tricked out van with public access to computers and broadband. It travels aroudn Lac qui Parle County Minnesota allowing residents to stop in and take a spin or learn a lesson to increase broadband adoption.

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  • 1. LqP Computer Commuter Mary Quick, Coordinator
  • 2. Time Line of Events
    • August:
      • Launch
    • September:
      • Conducted Survey
    • October:
      • Began Weekly Visits
  • 3. Weekly Schedule
    • Monday
      • Bellingham and Nassau
    • Tuesday
      • Madison and Marietta
    • Wednesday
      • Boyd
    • Thursday
      • Dawson
  • 4. Our Patrons
    • Bellingham: 8
    • Boyd: 12
    • Dawson: 17
    • Madison: 15
    • Marietta: 15
    • Nassau: 9
    • Total Number: 76
  • 5. Breakdown by Age
    • 7-12 grade: 5%
    • 41-50 years: 14%
    • 51-60 years: 15%
    • 61-70 years: 33%
    • 71-80 years: 28%
    • 81+ years 5%
  • 6. Monthly Attendance
    • October: 107
    • November: 74
    • December: 37 (missed 4 days)
    • January: 50 (missed 32% of visits)
    • February: 42
    • March: 39 (1 vacation week)
    • April: 58
  • 7. Activities Occurring Onboard
    • Basic Keyboarding
    • Windows 7
    • Creating Documents
    • Excel spreadsheet
    • Organization of Documents/Pictures
    • Health Benefits/Enrollment
    • Automatic payroll
    • Scan documents to save digitally
    • Business cards
    • Photoshop
    • Skype
    • Email
    • Ebay
  • 8. Outreach
    • Sent Christmas cards
    • Both papers publish Weekly Schedule
    • Use of laptops by others
      • EDA
      • LqP Community Ed
    • Civic Organizations
      • Kiwanis
      • Chamber of Commerce
      • Sons of Norway
    • Classes
      • MIRC online workshops
    • LqP County Fair
    • Parade
    • Pampered Stroll
  • 9. Outreach Sons of Norway
  • 10. Outreach
    • “ Big leap across digital divide”
      • West Central Tribune, March 2011
  • 11.
    • “ Turning the darn thing on” said Fred Eckhardt of Boyd when asked what was the most difficult part of working on a computer. West Central Tribune, March 2011
  • 12. “ I almost cried” said Connie Lein when all the neat stuff she had gotten on to her screen disappeared West Central Tribune, March 2011
  • 13. Review of Project Goals:
    • Increase Knowledge, Understanding and Usage of broadband technology
    • Financial Barriers: offer free access to computers, internet and tutoring
    • Increase the quality of life
    • Lac qui Parle county becomes more competitive
  • 14. Work Completed & in Progress:
    • Weekly Visits
      • Computers
      • Internet
      • Help
    • Ancestry.com
      • Madison Community Foundation
      • Dawson Community Foundation
    • ABE Summer Institute
    • PC’s for People
    • MIRC Workshops
  • 15. Future Needs:
    • Additional:
      • Bus
      • Staff
      • Programs for laptops
      • Subscription/membership fees
    • Revised layout of bus
  • 16. Revisions/Changes
    • Layout of stations
  • 17. To Sustain the Computer Commuter:
    • Continued support from:
      • TDF Foundation
      • Blandin Foundation
      • SW ABE
      • Communities
      • Telephone Companies
  • 18. Communities Bellingham, Marietta and Nassau
  • 19.
    • Thank you

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