Meet Ed Ostrowski, President of SeniorNet Teaching Facility
Ed Ostrowski, 77, President of SeniorNet provides history: “IBM was one of the original sponsors of the SeniorNet Learning Center of Boynton Beach. It is a non-profit, 501 © 3 corporation run by 35 to 40 volunteers. Our motto is “seniors teaching seniors.”
Oftentimes seniors receive a computer as a gift from their adult children. SeniorNet teaches seniors to use the computer—not fear it so they have the ability to communicate with their children and grandchildren on a regular basis. SeniorNet began in 1995 with three students in a basement classroom. In 2003, ‘04 and ‘05 we taught 1,000 students each year. In 2008 our attendance went down to 500, that is why we are putting more emphasis on digital photography—to attract a wider group of students.”
No more than 15 students per class are enrolled for the regular classes. Each student has their own Dell laptop computer to work on. Each class has an instructor and two or more coaches working as a team to assist in the learning process. Classes are one, two or three sessions in duration, meeting for two hours each session. Reasonably priced computer instruction is offered due to generous sponsor contributions and the all volunteer staff.
Due to limited number of seats, a no-cancellation, no reschedule policy is in place. Once a person signs up for a class no refunds or reschedules are permitted. For current information and class schedules, visit their website at www.SeniornetBoyntonBeach.org.
The nine man volunteer board of directors of SeniorNet is chaired by Ed Ostrowski, who has flown a long way since graduating from Brooklyn Tech High School, then Pratt Institute with a degree in electrical engineering. 6’ 2” Ostrowski worked and traveled internationally for IBM for 32 years. In 1988 he was recruited by Asian Technology Co. (Astec) to become President. He and his wife moved to company headquarters in Hong Kong where he was responsible for ten companies with 13,000 employees at plants throughout the world including Malaysia, Singapore, U. S. and Great Britain. This company manufactured power conversion products for computers.
Ostrowski retired from Astec in 1993 after five years of world wide travel more times than he can remember. Today, he resides in Delray Beach with wife Alexandria. They have been married 54 years, raised two daughters and a son and enjoy four grandsons.
He has become an expert at teaching digital photography and photo editing using Adobe Photo Shop Elements 7.0. “I enjoy teaching,” says Ostrowski. “Imparting knowledge, whether on computers or digital photography to people who want to learn provides me with great satisfaction.”POSTED IN: Community Service (637)