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CTC Students Empower Seniors with Technology Skills

CTC Students Empower Seniors with Technology Skills

Students Collaborate with Seniors at Springfield Masonic Home

Recently, a group of students from the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center (CTC) took part in a unique initiative to empower seniors with technology knowledge. Twelve students volunteered their time to assist around 30 seniors at the Springfield Masonic Home in learning about and utilizing technology effectively.

Bridging Generational Gaps and Building Cybersecurity Awareness

The event was conceived during a conversation between Betty Jane Gardner, a resident of the Springfield Masonic Home, and CTC's Superintendent Michelle Patrick. CTC's Cybersecurity Program instructor, Angela Yake, joined the conversation, and the event was born. Its primary objective was to bridge the gap between generations in technology literacy and to increase awareness of online scams. The students played a pivotal role by sharing their expertise in cybersecurity, addressing concerns regarding scams, and providing practical advice to mitigate online threats.

Students Share Expertise, Seniors Gain Confidence

Zachary Swearingen, a CTC senior, spoke with several local news channels and emphasized the importance of educating seniors on cybersecurity, highlighting how it can prevent financial exploitation and protect personal information. The initiative not only equipped seniors with essential technology skills but also instilled confidence in navigating the digital landscape.

Future Collaborations Envisioned

The event was certainly a "win-win." Students gained valuable hands-on experience, and seniors received hands-on assistance to overcome their technology challenges. The Cybersecurity Program has a similar event planned at United Senior Services in downtown Springfield later this spring and is exploring the opportunity to create additional events next year.

Local TV and News Coverage

📰 Springfield News-Sun: Springfield-Clark CTC students help Masonic Home seniors with technology

📺 WDTN-2: ‘Seniors helping seniors’: Springfield students teach tech safety to local residents

📺 WHIO-7: ‘This is beautiful;’ Teens help local seniors learn technology

📺 WKEF-24/7: Students educate Springfield seniors on computer safety


For more information about CTC's Cybersecurity program visit