Adult Learners Succeed at Technology


Community Collaboration a Huge Success

“Learning is a lifelong process” says Lynn Wadja, Adult Education Instructor at Eastern Shore Community College. Along with fellow instructor Judy Burr, Lynn is leading a group of adult learners twice a week in a Computer Basics Class and are seeing their student’s sense of accomplishment with modern computer technology.

Eastern Shore Area Agency on Aging/Community Action Agency, reached out to ESCC to partner in preparing older workers access to technology.  The effort leads to self-sufficiency and independence and provide computer literacy training and the skills needed to gain employment by providing industry-related certifications.

Workforce & Business Solutions Officer Scott Hall has taken note of the high enthusiasm level of the learners upon earning their certifications. He commented that “this collaboration is great example of our mission of addressing community needs.”

Hall and ESCC’s Amy Shockley worked with Donna Smith and Linda Arvidson of ESAAA to form the partnership and select the Northstar Digital Literacy Program as the learning platform for the project. Smith has noted “the demand of our 55 and older clients was so great, we added a second class! We’re excited to see them work towards the 14 various credentials offered.”

“These are mature students coming in with very different skill levels, yet they are building confidence and finding their way with technology” concluded Lynn Wadja, “from basic internet skills, to using Word, PowerPoint, Google, and more!”

To learn about this and other Adult Education opportunities, contact YOUR Eastern Shore Community College at 757-789-1793 or email

Computer students Shirley Sturgis and Kelly Sample surround Instructor Lynn Wadja