Technology Training (Computer Programs) - Class Schedule

ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS

Purchasing the Right Technology
This beginner-friendly class covers computer equipment and what it can do for you. Learn about types of computers and what’s important to know when shopping for a computer. Learn about CPU, hard drive space, optical drive, etc. Explore differences between a desktop, laptop or tablet computer.
Prerequisite(s): None
Material(s): None
CEU: 0.5

Course Number: 1076
Instructor: D. Kirchmann
Monday/Wednesday
January 5-January 7
2 - 4 p.m.
105 Van Dusen Hall
$30

WINDOWS 7 OPERATING SYSTEM

Windows 7 - Introduction
Students are introduced to the world of computing while learning to navigate in the Windows operating system. Topics include starting your computer, saving your work, hardware and software explanation, computer terminology and navigating the desktop using the keyboard and mouse.
Prerequisite(s): None
Material(s): Textbook and flash drive
CEU: 2.25
106 Van Dusen Hall
$75

Course Number: 1077
Instructor: D. Bartlett
Monday/Wednesday
January 5-February 4
12:30 - 3 p.m.

Course Number: 1078
Instructor: P. McLendon
Tuesday/Thursday
February 17-March 26
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Course Number: 1079
Instructor: C. Witten
Monday/Wednesday
March 30-May 11
6 - 8 p.m.

Windows 7 - Intermediate
Expand your knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system. Topics include learning to navigate the Windows environment, using the start menu efficiently, understanding basic file management, printing and much more.
Prerequisite(s): Introduction to Windows or prior computer experience
Material(s): Textbook and flash drive
CEU: 2.25

Course Number: 1080
Instructor: D. Bartlett
Monday/Wednesday
February 9-March 9
12:30 - 3 p.m.
106 Van Dusen Hall
$75

Windows 7 - Advanced
Learn to customize your Windows operating system using the control panel, keep your system running smoothly with system maintenance, and advance your file management skills and techniques.
Prerequisite(s): Introduction and Intermediate to Windows or prior computer experience
Material(s): Flash drive
CEU: 2.25

Course Number: 1081
Instructor: D. Bartlett
Monday/Wednesday
March 11-April 13
12:30 - 3 p.m.
106 Van Dusen Hall
$75

Windows 7 - File Management
Having trouble finding documents, pictures and other files you KNOW are on your computer? Managing computer files on a modern PC requires knowledge, discipline, and organization.  Learn effective methods to create logical file management strategies by incorporating a proven technique that involves hands-on exercises.
Prerequisite(s): Introduction to Windows or prior computer experience
Material(s): Flash drive
CEU: 1.2

Course Number: 1082
Instructor: D. Bartlett
Monday/Wednesday
April 15-May 4
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
106 Van Dusen Hall
$60

WINDOWS 8.1 OPERATING SYSTEM

Windows 8.1 - Metro Style Apps
Are you frustrated by Tiles and metro type Apps? This is the class for you. Learn how to use the Windows Start Tiles screen and the Metro Style Apps like photo, maps, mail and more. Please bring your laptop if you have 8.1 installed.
Prerequisite(s): None
Material(s): Textbook and flash drive
CEU: 2.0
105 Van Dusen Hall
$75

Course Number: 1083
Instructor: P. Laton
Monday/Wednesday
January 5-February 9
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Course Number: 1084
Instructor: D. Kirchmann
Tuesday/Thursday
January 6-February 5
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Course Number: 1085
Instructor: D. Kirchmann
Tuesday/Thursday
March 19-April 21
11 - 1 p.m.

Course Number: 1086
Instructor: P. Laton
Monday/Wednesday
March 25-May 6
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Windows 8.1 - Desktop Apps
Are you unhappy with the Windows 8.1 Start Tiles screen? Wish you had a Windows 7 computer? This class will show you how to bypass the Start Tile screen and use the traditional Desktop Apps like Word, Google, Internet Explorer, Picture Gallery and more. You’ll feel like you’re using Windows 7 or Vista; maybe even Windows XP. We’ll even show you a program that makes Windows 8 look like XP or Windows 7.
Prerequisite(s): Windows 8.1 Metro Style Apps
Material(s): Textbook and flash drive
CEU: 2.4
105 Van Dusen Hall
$75

Course Number: 1087
Instructor: D. Kirchmann
Tuesday/Thursday
February 10-March 19
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Course Number: 1088
Instructor: P. Laton
Monday/Wednesday
February 11-March 23
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

ADVANCED

Keeping it Running
This FREE course will explain why it’s so important to maintain your computer. Learn why your computer is running slowly, and what you can do to speed it up. Plus, you will discover more insightful tips to keep your computer operating smoothly.
Prerequisite(s): Windows 7: Level 1
Material(s): None
CEU: 0.2
Instructor: D. Kuehl
Tuesday
January 6
106 Van Dusen Hall

Course Number: 1089
9 - 11 a.m.

Course Number: 1090
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Keeping Your Windows 7 PC Running Smoothly
Basic computer knowledge is necessary to participate in this course. Students will learn the proper techniques to keep their computer running smoothly.
Prerequisite(s): Windows 7: Level 1
Material(s): None
CEU: 0.75
Instructor: D. Kuehl
Tuesday/Thursday
January 8-January 15
106 Van Dusen Hall
$40

Course Number: 1091
9 - 11:30 a.m.

Course Number: 1092
12:30 - 3 p.m.

Keeping Your Windows 8 PC Running Smoothly
You have this great Windows 8 computer and you would like it to run smoothly for the next several years, but how? This course will cover cleaning your computers outside as well as keeping your computer running like new on the inside.
Prerequisite(s): Windows Level 1, Windows 8.1 Desktop Apps or prior computer experience
Material(s): None
CEU: 1.0

Course Number: 1093
Instructor: D. Kirchmann
Tuesday/Thursday
April 23-May 7
11 - 1 p.m.
105 Van Dusen Hall
$50

Home and Small Business Networks
Share your high-speed Internet connection with multiple users by installing a wireless router. Students will understand how a wireless signal is broadcasted, how to configure security options, enabling file sharing between computers, and more.
Prerequisite(s): Windows Level 1, Windows 8.1 Desktop Apps or prior computer experience
Material(s): None
CEU: 1.0

Course Number: 1094
Instructor: B. Clifton
Monday/Wednesday
February 18-March 4
6 - 8 p.m.
106 Van Dusen Hall
$75

Using the “Cloud”
The term “Cloud Computing” or “Cloud” is a metaphor for the Internet. By using cloud computing, you gain access at any time through any device via an Internet connection to your files, folders, and/or software. Learn what cloud computing is, how it works, the pros and cons, and much more.
Prerequisite(s): Windows Level 1, Windows 8.1 Desktop Apps or prior computer experience
Material(s): None
CEU: 1.0
Course Number: 1095
Instructor: P. Laton
Tuesday/Thursday
January 6-January 20
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
105 Van Dusen Hall
$50

Internet Safety: Protecting Yourself Online
This Internet safety course will provide students with the strategies, skills and mindset needed to protect yourself, your computer and your privacy when you connect to the Internet.
Prerequisite(s): Windows Lev 1, Intermediate to Windows, Windows 8.1 Desktop or prior computer experience with knowledge of the Internet
CEU: 0.3
Instructor: P. Laton
105 Van Dusen Hall
$30

Course Number: 1096
Thursday
January 22-January 22
12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Course Number: 1097
Tuesday
April 21 - April 21
4 - 7 p.m.

OFFICE APPLICATIONS

Word & PowerPoint 2010
Use all the great features Microsoft Word and PowerPoint has to offer, with confidence. Microsoft continues to improve and enhance with each new release. Make sure you’re able to take advantage of all the power it has to offer. Whether you are new or an advanced user, this course will improve your skills to make the most of this word processing and presentation software that has become the industry standard.
Prerequisite(s): Windows Level 1, Intermediate to Windows, Windows 8.1 Desktop Apps or prior computer experience with mouse and keyboard proficiency
Material(s): Textbook and flash drive
CEU: 2.25

Course Number: 1098
Instructor: D. Bartlett
Tuesday/Thursday
March 10-April 7
4 - 6:30 p.m.
106 Van Dusen Hall
$75

Excel 2010: Level 1
Important for today’s job market, spreadsheet software can be used to maintain lists and simple databases and to create budget reports and other documents using formulas. Learn the basics of entering and editing labels, values and formulas, formatting data and printing worksheets.
Prerequisite(s): Windows Level 1, Intermediate to Windows, Windows 8.1 Desktop Apps or prior computer experience with mouse and keyboard proficiency
Material(s): Textbook and flash drive
CEU: 2.25

Course Number: 1099
Instructor: D. Bartlett
Tuesday/Thursday
January 6-February 3
4 - 6:30 p.m.
106 Van Dusen Hall
$75

Excel 2010: Level 2
Expand your knowledge by learning complex formulas, working with multiple spreadsheets, charting and more.
Prerequisite(s): Excel Level 1 with mouse and keyboard proficiency
Material(s): Textbook and flash drive
CEU: 2.25

Course Number: 1100
Instructor: D. Bartlett
Tuesday/Thursday
February 5-March 5
4 - 6:30 p.m.
106 Van Dusen Hall
$75

MACINTOSH OPERATING SYSTEM AND APPLICATIONS

OS X Maverick - Introduction
Become familiar with the fundamentals of a Mac computer. Learn to create and organize files and folders with Finder. Learn to customize the user interface and behavior through system preferences. Students transitioning to the Macintosh computer will also benefit from this course.
Prerequisite(s): Mouse and keyboard proficiency
Material(s): Textbook and flash drive
CEU: 2.25

Course Number: 1101
Instructor: D. Bartlett
Monday/Wednesday
January 5-February 4
8:30 - 11 a.m.
106 Van Dusen Hall
$75

Working with your Apple computer using OS X Maverick
With this course, students will explore all aspects of their Apple computer using Finder, System Preferences and more.
Prerequisite(s): Mouse and keyboard proficiency
Material(s): Textbook and flash drive
CEU: 3.5

Course Number: 1102
Instructor: B. Clifton
Saturday
January 10-April 18
9 - 11:30 a.m.
106 Van Dusen Hall
$130

OS X Maverick - Advanced
In this advanced course, students take their Apple computer skills to the next level by exploring more advanced topics.
Prerequisite(s): OS X Maverick - Introduction
Material(s): Textbook and flash drive
CEU: 2.25

Course Number: 1103
Instructor: D. Bartlett
Monday/Wednesday
February 9-March 9
8:30 - 11 a.m.
106 Van Dusen Hall
$75

APPLE IPADS

Getting to Know your iPad using IOS 8.1
Designed to make you comfortable with your iPad, learn to use the basic features such as finger gesturing, swipes, pinch, cut, copy and paste, setup, configure, email and much more. Students must bring their own iPad to class with the latest operating system installed (IOS 8.1, compatible with iPad 2, 3rd, 4th generation, iPad Air and iPad mini). Limited number of iPads may be provided to students. Students who have an iPhone and/or iPod Touch can also benefit from this course. Please make sure the latest IOS is installed.
Prerequisite(s): None
Material(s): iPad
CEU: 2.4
106 Van Dusen Hall
$75

Course Number: 1104
Instructor: B. Clifton
Monday/Wednesday
January 5-February 16
6 - 8 p.m.

Course Number: 1105
Instructor: D. Bartlett
Monday/Wednesday
March 11-April 13
8:30 - 11 a.m.

Course Number: 1106
Instructor: D. Bartlett
Tuesday/Thursday
April 9-May 7
4 - 6:30 p.m.

Course Number: 1107
Instructor: D. Bartlett
Monday/Wednesday
April 15-May 13
8:30-11 a.m.

Apple’s iCloud
Simplify your life using Apple’s FREE service, iCloud. Learn to keep your email, calendar, contacts, documents, pictures and more in sync across all of your devices. iCloud is your “hard drive in the sky” making accessing your data effortless and automatic. Students should bring their IOS device (iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch must have IOS 5 or later installed) and/or laptop computer (computer must have Mac OS X or Windows Vista Service Pack two, Windows 7 or Windows 8 installed if you use Outlook your software version must be Outlook 2007 or later) with them to class. Don’t forget your password(s).
Prerequisite(s): Getting to Know your iPad
Material(s): iPad and Computer
CEU: 1.0

Course Number: 1108
Instructor: B. Clifton
Monday/Wednesday
March 9-March 23
6-8 p.m.
106 Van Dusen Hall
$50

GOOGLE CHROMEBOOK & ANDROID DEVICES

Getting Started with Your New Chromebook
Students take a hands-on, learning approach in this new course designed to teach Google Chromebook’s exciting apps and features like built-in virus protection, and auto back-up to the cloud. Learn about this faster computer, built-in maintenance and cloud features.
Prerequisite(s): None
Material(s): Chromebook
CEU: 2.0

Course Number: 1109
Instructor:  D. Kirchmann
Monday/Wednesday
January 12-February 16
2 - 4 p.m.
105 Van Dusen Hall
$75

Using Google Apps on Your Chromebook
Dig a little deeper into the Chromebook by exploring Google’s various free apps and services you can install to help your Chromebook work for you.
Prerequisite(s): Getting Started with your New Chromebook
Material(s): Chromebook
CEU: 2.0

Course Number: 1110
Instructor: D. Kirchmann
Monday/Wednesday
February 23-March 25
2 - 4p.m.
105 Van Dusen Hall
$75

Working with Your Samsung Tablet
What can I do with my Samsung Galaxy? Bring your device and let’s get started. Samsung has many features to explore. Check the weather, read a book, Skype, customize settings, take pictures and HD movies, e-mail, or just surf the net.
Prerequisite(s):
Material(s): Samsung Galaxy Tablet
CEU: 0.6
Instructor: C. Walls
Monday/Wednesday
4:30 - 6 p.m.
105 Van Dusen Hall
$30

Course Number: 1111
January 5-January 14

Course Number: 1112
March 2-March 11

WEB DESIGN, EMAIL & SOCIAL NETWORKING

Using WordPress for Your Online Presence
Learn how to set up a free blog using the wordpress.com website. Students will look at the features and options of the program; many of which translate to the stand-alone software used to create websites using wordpress.org.
Prerequisite(s): Windows Lev 1, Intermediate to Windows, Windows 8.1 Desktop or prior computer experience with working knowledge of the Internet
Material(s): An idea for a blog
CEU: 1.2

Course Number: 1113
Instructor: P. Laton
Tuesday/Thursday
March 24-April 9
4 - 6 p.m.
105 Van Dusen Hall
$60

Making a Connection with Social Media
Social Media is here to stay! Get connected with friends, family, classmates and businesses with all the different social media websites.
Prerequisite(s): Prior computer experience with working knowledge of the Internet
Material(s): None
CEU: 2

Course Number: 1114
Instructor: P. Laton
Tuesday/Thursday
January 6-February 5
4 - 6 p.m.
105 Van Dusen Hall
$75

Google Hangouts
Do you use Google for your email? If so, you already have the ability to “hangout” with friends via Google Hangout. Don’t worry about what kind of computer or phones your friends use Hangouts works across computers and on Android phones and tablets. Don’t have a Google account? We’ll set one up and get started. Connect with friends worldwide and no one gets left out. Join us to learn about this exciting feature.
Prerequisite(s): Prior computer experience with working knowledge of the Internet
Material(s): Use our computers or bring your device with you
CEU: 0.6

Course Number: 1115
Instructor: C. Walls
Monday/Wednesday
February 9-February 18
4:30 - 6 p.m.
105 Van Dusen Hall
$30

Going Further with Facebook
Learn how the world is connected. This course will focus on social networks primarily using Facebook. Navigate the world of social media and put your best face forward. Create a profile, make friends, view posts, communicate via status updates, share photos and learn Facebook security and privacy. Don’t forget your password!
Prerequisite(s): Prior computer experience with working knowledge of the Internet
Material(s): Facebook Password(s)
CEU: 1.2

Course Number: 1116
Instructor: P. Laton
Tuesday/Thursday
February 10-February 26
4 - 6 p.m.
105 Van Dusen Hall
$60

Going Further with Twitter & Instagram
Twitter and Instagram are two social media services that can be used to keep in contact with others. What does it mean to tweet? How can I share great pictures I take with the world? Students will create and start sharing their tweets and photos with their friends and family.
Prerequisite(s): Prior computer experience with working knowledge of the Internet
Material(s): Password(s)
CEU: 1.2

Course Number: 1117
Instructor: P. Laton
Tuesday/Thursday
March 3-March 19
4 - 6 p.m.
105 Van Dusen Hall
$60

PHOTOGRAPHY

Buying a Digital Camera
Ready to purchase a digital camera or upgrade the one you have now?  Join Laura for a two-hour rundown on the hottest point and shoot cameras, as well as, DSLR’s on the market today.
Prerequisite(s): None
Material(s): None
CEU: 0.2

Course Number: 1118
Instructor: L. Gingerich
Wednesday
January 28-January 28
3 - 5 p.m.
102 Van Dusen Hall
$0

Scanning 101
Confused about scanning? This class will cover basic scanning using an Epson scanner. You’ll learn about pixels, and how to choose the best pixel size. Also learn how to scan, not just photos, but film (B&W and color) and slides. We’ll even show you how to scan a document and edit in any word processor.
Prerequisite(s): Windows Lev 1, Intermediate to Windows, Windows 8.1 Desktop or prior computer experience
Material(s): It’s always best to practice with your own pictures
CEU: 1.0
Instructor: D. Kirchmann
Tuesday/Thursday
11 - 1 p.m.
105 Van Dusen Hall
$50

Course Number: 1119
January 6-January 20

Course Number: 1120
February 3-February 17

Course Number: 1121
March 3-March 17

Getting to Know Your Digital Camera for Beginners
Are you stuck on “Auto”? Are you having a hard time embracing the user manual? Are you wondering what all those symbols, tools and menus mean? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, this class is for you! This easy-going, hands-on workshop will get you off automatic and into learning how the advanced features on your camera can drastically improve your images.
Prerequisite(s): None
Material(s): Camera
CEU: 0.65

Course Number: 1122
Instructor: L. Gingerich
Friday
January 23-January 23
9 - 4 p.m.
106 Van Dusen Hall
$75

Getting to Know your Digital Camera: Level 2
Learn how to produce images with impact that are technically correct. Topics include: aperture, shutter speed, ISO, composition, white balance and reading the histogram. Lectures and class discussions will be followed by fieldwork and friendly critiques.
Prerequisite(s): None
Material(s): Camera
CEU: 0.65

Course Number: 1123
Instructor: L. Gingerich
Friday
January 30-January 30
9 - 4 p.m.
102 Van Dusen Hall
$75

The Dance of Photography
Say goodbye to blasé images. As we get to know each other, you will learn how to take full creative control of your digital camera. During this intensive weekend, you will be challenged to produce images that are technically correct and beautifully composed. Begin with the basics and move quickly into the manual modes using all that the camera has to offer. All skill levels welcome. Cameras must have manual modes (P, Av or S, Av or A, M) and not be more than four years old.
Prerequisite(s): Getting to Know your Digital Camera for Beginners
Material(s): Camera
CEU: 1.2

Course Number: 1124
Instructor: L. Gingerich
Friday-Sunday
February 6-February 8
Friday, 1 - 4 p.m. Saturday, 9 - 4 p.m. Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
102 Van Dusen Hall
$75

“Understanding the Exposure Triangle” Aperture, Shutter Speed & ISO
Take your photography to the next level by understanding the three factors in every image: shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Students will be challenged to set up concrete examples of each element after learning the fundamentals. Part of this course will be outdoors so please dress accordingly.
Prerequisite(s): Getting to Know your Digital Camera for Beginners
Material(s): Camera
CEU: 0.65

Course Number: 1125
Instructor: L. Gingerich
Friday
February 13
9 - 4 p.m.
102 Van Dusen Hall
$75

Photo Editing Using FREE Programs
Would you like to have your photos organized and perform basic editing using software you already have or can download for your Windows 7 or 8.1 computers? Then this is the class for you. Learn about the Windows 8.1 application Photo, as well as, the desktop application Photo Gallery. 
Prerequisite(s): Windows Lev 1, Windows Intermediate, Windows 8.1 Desktop or prior computer experience with knowledge of the Internet
Material(s): It’s always best to practice with your own pictures
CEU: 0.4
105 Van Dusen Hall

Course Number: 1126
Instructor: D. Kirchmann
Tuesday/Thursday
January 22-January 27
11 - 1 p.m.

Course Number: 1127
Instructor: D. Kirchmann
Tuesday/Thursday
February 24-February 26
11 - 1 p.m.

Photography with Photoshop Elements
Want to fix or edit your camera shots for exposure, size, white balance and more? Have boxes of photos or slides you would like to digitize? Need to restore old faded or torn photos? Then this is the class for you. Learn about megapixels, camera settings, scanning & printing your images using Photoshop Elements 12.
Prerequisite(s): Windows Lev 1, Windows Intermediate, Windows 8.1 Desktop or prior computer experience
Material(s): Textbook & Flash Drive
CEU: 2.4

Course Number: 1128
Instructor: D. Kirchmann
Tuesday/Thursday
March 24-April 30
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
105 Van Dusen Hall
$75

 

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