SYRACUSE, N.Y. --  64-year old Millie Espin admits she doesn't know much about technology but she’s eager to learn.

"I have three daughters in the United States military and two of them are in the Middle East," said Espin.

Millie is one of roughly 20 seniors that will be partaking in iPad training for the next nine weeks at the Westcott Community Center.

She hopes the training helps her better communicate with her daughters overseas and learn more as a whole.

Wednesday, Spectrum representatives presented a check of more than $8,200 to the non-profit for the devices and training.

The grant, is one of 17 nationwide awarded by Spectrum which helping educate community members on the benefits of broadband technology.

"We know that if people stay connected to their friends and family, they actually live longer," said Westcott Community Center Executive Director Joan Royle. "Those social interactions are so important to people," 

State representatives attended Wednesday's event and applauded Spectrum's award.

"Great job by Spectrum to make this digital grant available and these iPads will be provided for the use of the seniors will better connect them," said Democratic NYS Senator Dave Valesky.

And connecting seniors like Millie to the people most important to them certainly makes it worthwhile.

Spectrum Digital Education grants are part of a national $1 million commitment by our parent company to provide digital education.