Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Pennsylvania Farm Credit System joined forces to fund a portable computer laboratory. A simplified lab management procedure allowed Extension agents to offer 33 computer operation workshops for 300 participants at minimal participant cost. Participants indicated their future use of computers would focus on farm financial, crop, and livestock management. Although considerable competence was gained, more than 50% viewed themselves with poor to moderate computer skills at the end of the workshops. The lab has enabled agents to contact a preciously under-served population as 54% of the participants had not attended any Extension workshops in the previous year.
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Parsons, R. L., Hanson, G. D., Beck, T. J., & Martin, A. B. (2002). A Successful Portable Computer Lab Training Program. The Journal of Extension, 40(3), Article 9. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol40/iss3/9