Catawba Achievement Center

The Catawba Achievement Center officially opened on September 12, 2008! This computer lab was made possible through a grant by USDA Rural Development, an in-kind donation from Tri-District/Chester Adult Education, and donations of hardware and software from IBM and SeniorNet.

The center offers computer training for users at all levels, open lab time for recreational use or homework, and some exclusive time for our tribal elders. If you are interested in general information about the Achievement Center, please contact Teresa Harris at (803)366-4792 ext. 283 or Jean Matthews at (803) 366-4792 ext. 278. You may also download our operating hours, a list of center services and fees, and an application form here.

History and Updates

Below is an article documenting the SeniorNet’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. The Catawba Achievement Center is proud to have been a part of this momentous occasion.

(From left to right) Jack Stevens (of the Department of the Interior), Chief Donald Rodgers, and Leslie Smith (of SeniorNet and IBM)

Chief Rodgers speaks on behalf of the Catawba Indian Nation

Karen Nichols and Chief Rodgers accepted the Chairman’s award on the Acheivement Center’s behalf.

Government Officials and Private Industry Leaders to Gather at SeniorNet’s May 19th Celebration on Capitol Hill
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Leaders from IBM, Microsoft, Verizon and AT&T will join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation, the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, and other prominent non-profit retirement and aging groups for SeniorNet’s official Silver Anniversary celebration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on May 19, 2011.

“We are excited to be celebrating our 25th year by adding computer training to more senior assisted living facilities and announcing our new Seniors Back to Work effort,” said Leslie M. Smith, SeniorNet board chairman and IBM Business Development Executive.

As part of SeniorNet’s 2015 roadmap, many of its major sponsors are supporting–with the latest technology and free tuition access–a new initiative that will be explained in detail at the event. Called Seniors Back to Work, the program is a new learning module for SeniorNet’s (www.seniornet.org) online webcampus designed specifically to help adults over 55 who have retired or been forced out of the workplace during the recent economic downturn. It will allow them to acquire the computer skills that are an important element in finding and landing a job in today’s market.

SeniorNet has provided adults over 55 with computer skills and Internet training for 25 years in classrooms across the country. In March, the organization launched an affordable online learning center (www.webcampus.seniornet.org) with more than 300 courses that is designed for the homebound, those with limited mobility or anyone who wants to improve their computer skills from home 24/7.

About SeniorNet
SeniorNet (www.seniornet.org) is the nation’s premier and most respected nonprofit organization specializing in computer and Internet education for adults over 55. Since 1986, SeniorNet has empowered more than one million Boomers and Seniors by providing encouragement, lifelong learning opportunities and new worlds to explore via the Internet. Based in Herndon, Virginia, it has approximately 8,000 members. SeniorNet is staffed by more than 3,000 volunteers and has almost 65 Learning Centers in the United States, including Indian Reservations and underserved areas.

About the Catawba Achievement Center
The Catawba Achievement Center (www.catawbaindian.net) opened in September 2008 on the Catawba Indian Reservation in Rock Hill, SC. This computer lab was made possible through a grant by USDA Rural Development, an in-kind donation from Tri-District/Chester Adult Education, and donations of hardware and software from IBM and SeniorNet. The center offers computer training for users at all levels, open lab time for recreational use or homework, and some exclusive time for elders ages 55+. The Catawba Achievement Center received 2nd place for the prestigious Chairman’s Award from SeniorNet in February 2011. If you are interested in general information about the Achievement Center, please contact Alex Osborn at 803-366-4792 ext. 283. The center is open to the entire community with a nominal membership fee.”

The Catawba Achievement Center Wins 2nd Place Chairman’s Award
We are very proud to announce that The Catawba Achievement Center has received 2nd Place for the prestigious Chairman’s Award from SeniorNet. We have worked very hard since our beginning and hope to continue to grow and serve the community.

If you’d like to view our award letter, you may view it here.

The Chairman’s Award was presented to the Catawba Indian Nation
Executive Committee on February 17, 2011.

The Chairman’s Award was presented to the Catawba Indian Nation
Executive Committee on February 17, 2011.

Catawba Indian Nation Tribal Chief Donald Rodgers
(4th from L) with Achievement Center sponsors on
September 12, 2008, at the grand opening of the
fifth Native American Achievement Center at the
Catawba Indian Nation.

This plaque was awarded to the Catawba Achievement
Center in recognition for receiving second place for the
SeniorNet Chairman’s Award.

Grand Opening

Catawba Indian Nation Tribal Chief Donald Rodgers
(4th from L) with Achievement Center sponsors on
September 12, 2008, at the grand opening of the
fifth Native American Achievement Center at the
Catawba Indian Nation.