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      Program helps adults grapple with technology

      Michigan Tech's Breaking Digital Barriers program, that helps teach adults to use modern technology, is adding three new free workshops in April.

      The program has gained popularity over the winter, and students and organizers noticed some common questions being asked in the classes. Beginning in mid-April, they will be conducting a workshop on internet safety, digital photo sharing, and helping women with technology.

      All of the workshops are free and are held at the Portage Lake District Library. Program organizers say they have had new people in their classes with new questions every week.

      "We felt like offering these workshops as sort of a one-time opportunity to sit down and really address some of these issues, like internet safety, like women working with technology on their own," said coordinator Lauren Bowen. "These were things that came up a lot, so we decided to have these workshops as a place to kind of focus on those specific issues."

      Below is a list of upcoming workshops through the program.

      The Internet Safety workshop will be Friday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

      The Womenâ??s Technology workshop will be Saturday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

      The Digital Photography Basics workshop will be Friday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

      For more information, contact Lauren Bowen at or 906-487-0929.