Residents and small businesses in the Las Cruces area will soon have the opportunity to improve their computer and Internet skills when the award-winning “Fast Forward New Mexico” training program comes to Thomas Branigan Memorial Library. The classes are free for everyone.
The mission of Fast Forward New Mexico (FFNM) is to increase statewide broadband adoption and promote computer literacy and Internet proficiency in order to better prepare residents to participate in economic development and educational opportunities. The initiative also reaches out to entrepreneurs, artists, and small businesses.
There are four different Fast Forward New Mexico hands-on training courses being offered in Las Cruces: Basic Computer Skills, Introduction to the Internet, Social Media for Marketing I, and Social Media for Marketing II. Each class is six hours long and is spread over two days. Classes start June 10th and end June 26th. Anyone can sign up for one or more of the classes in either series.
The Basic Computer Skills and Introduction to the Internet classes provide fundamental information about computers and hands-on experience with equipment and techniques. The classes cover topics such as how to use email and search the Internet. The Social Media for Marketing classes teach individuals and entrepreneurs the basic concepts of social networking. The classes cover topics such as how to use social media and Internet tools to reduce costs and increase sales through e-commerce, e-marketing, and social media.
More information about class schedules and registration for training classes is available by calling or stopping by the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library in Las Cruces. You can call the Library at (575) 528-4000. More information and registration is also available at www.FastForwardNM.org. People should try to register as soon as possible to ensure they have a spot in these popular free classes.
Fast Forward New Mexico (FFNM) is a $2.1 million grant led by the State Library of New Mexico, in partnership with public and tribal libraries, the University of New Mexico, and Davis Innovations. Recipient of the 1st Place Technology Program Award from the New Mexico Rural Alliance, winner of the Community Service Award from New Mexico Tech Council, FFNM is nationally recognized for its innovative curriculum and program delivery.
To date, FFNM has trained more than 3,500 New Mexicans in a range of computer skills from Basic Skills to Social Media for Small Business. Trainings are delivered in public libraries and are wildly popular, drawing 250 or more registrants in every location.
Visit www.fastforwardnm.org for additional information.