07.25.12

Senator Leahy Joins Adult Technology Class For Online Chat

Former Senate Page Teaches Technology Basics To South Burlington Residents

(WEDNESDAY, July 25) --  Senator Patrick Leahy on Wednesday logged on to speak with a group of Vermont residents taking summer technology courses from a former Senate Page, Neel Desai, of South Burlington.  The classes, which are offered by Mr. Desai’s nonprofit organization “Tech For Tomorrow,” are designed for adults and senior citizens hoping to gain a better understanding of today’s technology.

Senator Leahy has long been known as the “cyber senator” and is a champion of technology and internet privacy issues in Congress.  During the chat Senator Leahy discussed his work on these issues as well as the challenges and opportunities facing Vermonters in the digital age.  Senator Leahy joined the group of more than 20 participants from his Washington office via Skype.

Leahy said, “I was so pleased to speak with Neel and his class about technology in our everyday lives and how Vermont is making the most of today’s technology to find innovative solutions to problems and sustain a healthy economy. Neel’s organization is doing great work to help Vermonters overcome obstacles and improve their lives through a better understanding of personal computing, the internet, and multimedia.”

Tech For Tomorrow offers a series of workshops throughout the summer covering topics ranging from how to buy a computer to navigating the web.  The workshops are free to the public and made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs Youth Leadership Program. Mr. Desai and several of his classmates from South Burlington High School organize and teach the workshops. For more information on Tech For Tomorrow and the workshops, visit http://tech4tomorrow.org.

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