Mayer grant provides computers for Classroom        

PLAINVIEW – The Community Classroom at Wayland Baptist University is better equipped for its computer offerings, thanks to a grant recently received from the James and Eva Mayer Foundation.

The $30,000 grant helped establish a 16-unit computer laboratory at the Community Classroom, a continuing education and outreach arm of Wayland. The computers are Dell desktops with flat-screen monitors and CD-ROM capabilities. In addition, the lab has a Hewlett-Packard laser printer and a ceiling-mounted projector, making it easy for instructors.

According to Director Debbie Stennett, the lab was essential for the Community Classroom to be able to provide technology courses.

“We want to be able to offer more computer-based instruction, and a variety of classes use the computer these days,” Stennett said. “So much information is available on the Internet, too, and so many workplace skills are dependent on computer knowledge.”

The Community Classroom will be offering basic computer courses as well as more advanced-level classes in a variety of topics. Zelda Ellison, a retired technology instructor from Lockney, will be teaching many of those courses. Stennett also said the facility hopes to use Wayland students in the Students in Free Enterprise group as well as other Wayland faculty with technology expertise.

Stennett said she hopes the Community Classroom will be a resource for businesses, especially in light of the new computer lab.

“The lab can be used for businesses needing CEU credits using online training, especially if they want a group to do it together, or even for software training,” she said. “Zelda is also available to do on-site training in technology for offices and businesses if necessary.”

For more information on the Community Classroom and its programs, contact Stennett at 291-3650.