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Community Health Workers in WV Learn New Tech Skills

In December at the Tamarack Conference Center in Beckley, three community health workers from southern West Virginia learned how to use a free online project management tool called Trello. The instructor, Sheila Blake, a consultant from Beckley, provided everyone instructions on such things as how to use and create boards to manage tasks, post comments, and upload and attach work reports.

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WV Community Health Workers Meet Local Health Priorities

West Virginia has among the worst health indicators in the United States, including high rates of obesity, drug overdose, and tobacco smoking. To improve health behaviors, Future Generations Rural America trains local leaders as Community Health Workers (CHWs).

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Mapping Workshop Helps Improve Public Safety

Location is critical for effectively responding to an emergency situation. This statement opens the overview of the two-day Mapping the Common Operational Picture (COP) workshop, held Jan. 11 and 12 at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, W.Va. 

The Monongahela National Forest Service conducted this emergency management class in conjunction with Future Generations. Twenty-two first responders, public safety workers, and volunteers attended.

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Pendleton Youth Get Creative at Technology Camp

In August, the Circleville and South Fork Fire Departments hosted one-week technology camps for area youth. Sixteen youth in third-fifth grades joined local computer mentors and staff of the Future Generations Graduate School to increase their computer skills and get creative with technology.

Activities gave youth opportunities to use digital photo and video cameras and learn new software to turn their photos into creative projects. Youth also got more familiar with computers by taking a computer apart and rebuilding it.

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40 Local Computer Mentors Trained

Franklin, WV - In August 2010, the Future Generations Graduate School oriented and trained 40 people from 20 communities across West Virginia to be computer mentors. These individuals, each selected by their local fire departments and communities, will help manage new public computer labs. They will teach basic computer skills classes and facilitate numerous other learning opportunities.

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Sept.2 Press Event: Fire Departments Open 19 Public Computer Labs in southern West Virginia

Franklin, WV- Nineteen fire departments in southern West Virginia are set to open public computer labs with broadband. To celebrate these new learning centers, the Logan Fire Department will host a regional press conference on September 2. Participants will include Congressman Nick Rahall, WV Director of Homeland Security Jim Gianato, WV Fire Marshall, Sterling Lewis, and community spokespersons. An open house from 7-9pm for the public will feature guest speaker, Chris Lawrence, host of WV Outdoors of WV MetroNews.

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Huge Crowd Attends Bartow-Frank-Durbin Event

Nearly 200 residents of the three closely-linked communities of Bartow, Frank, and Durbin came out to support their fire department in a fundraising event on April 29.

The event, which raised over $1,000 for the Bartow-Frank-Durbin Fire Department, featured great food and door prizes, along with a cake auction and a 50/50 drawing.

Musician Mike Morningstar provided the music for the day, with his own brand of homespun folk music.

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Lincoln EMS Opens Computer Center

The Lincoln EMS officially opened their public computer center on April 26 at their location at 1959 McClellan Highway in Ranger, WV. The open house had a great turnout as residents of the community came out to learn more about the free classes offered.

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Computer Center Mentors Prepare for Summer Youth Tech Camps

April 20: Volunteer Fire Department and EMS Computer Center mentors from around the state convened at Stonewall Jackson Resort in Ronoake, W.Va. for a two-day technology training.

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Frontier Partners with FutureWV on Benefits of Broadband Campaign

The Benefits of Broadband campaign is getting a fresh look courtesy of Frontier Communications.

Started in June 2011, the Benefits of Broadband advertising campaign has appeared monthly in newspapers throughout West Virginia to inform communities on the benefits of using their local public computer centers.

Almost a year later, Future Generations has partnered with Frontier Communications, West Virginia's main telecommunications company, to enhance the success program.

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