Find a job. Find a ride. Stay healthy. Make your home smart. Learn how to do all this and more at “What the Tech?” The free technology-focused expo is scheduled for Friday, April 8, on the Wadena campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College.
The expo, sponsored by M State with a $10,000 Broadband Innovation Grant from the Blandin Foundation, features ways to use technology to improve business and everyday life.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a free lunch will be provided between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Organizer Janet Johnson is an instructor in M State’s Network Administration and Security program, and her students have been involved in providing support for the expo and the area businesses that plan to exhibit.
“Area residents can cure their ‘technology phobia’ and enjoy a fun day of sharing ideas, asking questions and seeing how community members are using technology to make life easier,” Johnson said.
More than a dozen exhibitors will be present, including:
• Knute Nelson Home Care and Hospice
• Rural Minnesota CEP and the Wadena Workforce Center
• West Central Telephone Association
• Friendly Rider Transit
• Maslowski Wellness and Research Center
• M State
• Central Minnesota Credit Union
• West Central Economic Development Alliance
• Ryan’s PC Repair and Media Transfer Service
• MidMinnesota Federal Credit Union
• Forum Communications
• Lakewood Health System
The expo targets residents of Wadena, Todd, Morrison, Cass and Crow Wing counties and also is open to students at area high schools and Central Lakes College in Brainerd. Friendly Rider is offering free rides to and from the event within a five-mile radius of M State’s Wadena campus.
The Blandin Community Broadband Innovation Grant Program provides matching funds to eligible applicants in rural Minnesota communities for projects that promote access, adoption and use of broadband technologies. Expo sponsors also include the Wadena Area College Foundation and West Central Telephone Association.