Computer School for Boomers & Seniors, now called MyPCSchool, is a virtual campus designed to empower Boomers and Seniors by providing encouragement, lifelong learning opportunities and new worlds to explore with a computer via the Internet. It offers the largest selection of online computer Lesson Plans created specifically for Boomers, Seniors or anyone who wants to learn new or improve existing computer skills. We don't check ID's.
In the late 90s, co-Founder Mimi Witcher, was seeking a new career when her days as a stay-at-home mom had come to an end. A friend encouraged her to learn how to use the computer by enrolling in computer courses at Richland Community College in Dallas, TX. Mimi discovered a love for the computer and what it can do for older adults. She embarked upon a lifelong learning adventure that took her from being a student to being a teacher to building a website designed to enrich the lives of her fellow seniors.
“I love teaching,” said Mimi, “and I love the enthusiasm and ‘can-do’ attitude shown by my Boomer and Senior students day after day. You see their creativity, tenacity and experience in so many ways. They have a strong work ethic and many of them are developing a desire to become more computer savvy.”
Teacher of the Year
On August 26, 2005, at the age of 61, Mimi Witcher was recognized by her students and peers when she received the Richland College Excellence in Teaching Award in front of 750 of her fellow colleagues! Her award letter from the President of Richland College read in part:
"To be nominated for this annual recognition on campus with so many exemplary professors is in itself an honor. To be selected by the Excellence in Teaching Awards Committee from such a strong group of nominees is a double honor. All of us-your students and your colleagues-commend you for your mastery and practice of the art and craft of teaching."
College of the Year
The same year that Mimi was honored with her Award of Excellence for Teaching, Richland College was being honored as the first community college in the United States to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. It is the nation's highest presidential honor for quality and organizational excellence. As a result, Mimi became the Teacher of the Year at the College of the Year.
The Story Continues
About the same time Mimi received her award, one of her dearest 70+ year-old students asked if it would be possible to put some of her Lesson Plans on the Internet. His health was failing and he would not be able to attend any more of her classes. So, she decided, “if some of my students can't come to me, I'll figure out a way to take the classes to them.”
Let's Build a Campus
Upon receiving requests from people around the country and even around the globe, Mimi and her husband Bill began to expand their vision for how many students they could actually empower. "We got the idea of broadening the appeal by actually creating a 'school campus' on the Internet, featuring numerous departments directed by dedicated faculty members," Bill recalls.
Research shows that older adults benefit both physically and mentally by continuing to learn throughout their lifetime. A survey by AARP showed that adults over 50 want to stay educationally active, but have different expectations, needs and demands than younger learners. MyPCSchool.com addresses those differences. There are no tests. No time restrictions. No pressure. Students can learn at their leisure. Learn what they want to learn when they want to learn it. 24/7. Each student is reminded to be patient and take their new learning experience one step at a time.
Sons, daughters, grandkids and caregivers are encouraged to also enroll and help their parents, grandparents or friends get connected and become a Computer Savvy Boomer or Senior.