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Online Broadband and Technology Program Offering Free Courses

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Pennsylvania Online Broadband & Technology (OBTT) Program which offers free online courses throughout the Commonwealth. The PA OBTT course library was designed with small- to medium-sized businesses, local governments, and nonprofits in mind.

With more than 100 free courses to choose from, there is something new for everyone to explore. Course topics include online marketing; Website development; cloud computing; QuickBooks; Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access; business skills; project management; and more. A complete course listing and registration information are available at PAOBTT or by emailing Debbie Phillips. Ms. Phillips can also be reached at 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929.

OBTT is a statewide initiative administered by a consortium of regional economic development agencies. It was created to increase the use of broadband as a competitive advantage for businesses, governments, nonprofit organizations, and individuals within the Commonwealth. Funding for this program is provided by the PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) as a component of a larger PA DCED initiative funded through the State Broadband Data and Development (SBDD) Program, which is funded in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, through the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

For more information, contact Kurt Bauman at 570- 655-5581.

The NEPA Alliance, a regional community and economic development agency, serves the seven counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania including Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne. NEPAAlliance services include Business Financing, Government Contracting Assistance, International Trade Assistance, Non Profit Assistance, Transportation Planning, Research and Information, and Local Government Services. For more information, visit NEPA-Alliance.org or call their office at 866-758-1929.

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