SCC Fuels Pitstop Internet Café

When most people think of a pit stop they think about stock car racing. But this particular pit stop is very different. Forrest Oakes Healthcare Center has procured a grant to create an on-site Internet café for their residents, called “The Pitstop.” Forrest Oakes Healthcare Center is a nursing home facility in Albemarle that provides patients with skilled nursing care. In an effort to improve the quality of life for the residents, Forrest Oakes was able to secure a grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Stanly Community College’s (SCC) Business, Career, & Technology Division partnered with Forrest Oakes to offer computer training for both the residents and staff. The first class met in March and was taught by Gonda Watson, Computer Technology Instructor. The training topics included basic hardware components, understanding the operating system, connecting to the Internet, basic maintenance & safety techniques, and mobile devices.

Research conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Feasibility of providing computer activities for nursing home residents with dementia, discovered that, “Computer technologies have the potential to make hundreds of activities accessible in an easy, convenient format, adaptable to residents’ abilities, and without requiring a lot of staff time.”

The literature also suggests that computer activities have the potential to, “…make unoccupied time more meaningful and enjoyable, and improve specific cognitive performance including psychomotor abilities, reaction time, hand-eye coordination, information-processing skills, and creativity.”

For more information on classes offered by the Business, Career, & Technology Division at Stanly Community College contact Sylvia Lewis, Director of Business & Career Technologies, at (704) 991-0287 or

Phyllis Arnold

Residents were escorted by Dawn Little, Activity Director, Forrest Oakes Healthcare Center (right) and Phyllis Arnold, CNA (left), to Stanly Community College where residents and staff learned computer technology in order to use their new iPod & docking station, iPads, Wii Games, and other equipment at the Center’s new Internet café called—The Pitstop.

Dawn Little

Pictured left to right: Phyllis Arnold (standing), residents; Brady Lee Harris, Patricia Bowers, and David Hurley (seated), and Dawn Little (standing) were trained at SCC’s computer labs in order to utilize their new equipment for the Center’s new Internet café called—The Pitstop.