Penobscot gets grant for tech workshops

PENOBSCOT — The town of Penobscot and its Broadband Committee have received $10,000 from the Broadband Initiative Fund of the Maine Community Foundation and an anonymous donation of $5,000 for a series of digital technology workshops.

The Penobscot Technology Workshops will consist of four sessions at the Penobscot United Methodist Church, 14 Southern Bay Road in Penobscot, covering all aspects of digital technology, internet and social media. The educational classes are free and for adults of all ages. No skill level is required. Registration is preferred.

Additionally, there will be open house troubleshooting workshops once a month for those who have questions about their devices.

“This gives us a great opportunity to get out in the community and help people one on one, a chance to make a big impact in improving digital literacy,” said Ricky Leighton, director and instructor for the project. “Almost on a daily basis, you can encounter people who have struggled with their cellphones, online finances or trying to Zoom with their family. Our goal is to help them expand their digital comfort zone.”

The first workshop, Digital Basics I, will be April 20 at 6 p.m.

With the recent announcement of peninsula-wide broadband construction funded by the NTIA, ConnectMaine and Consolidated Communications, these workshops are intended to help prepare residents for the new technology that should be available to them by the end of the year. The class schedule can be found on the Penobscot Technology Facebook page and on the website at


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