Computer Center

Embrace Your Inner Geek

Technology and computers are everywhere today and it can often be intimidating or frustrating when faced with using these newfangled thingamajigs.

But do not fear, as the wise man once said, don't panic.

The Computer Center is a friendly place where you can take your time, learn at your own pace, and gain a level of confort with computers and technology.

The volunteer instructors and lab helpers are here to have some good geeky fun and share their knowlege.

Get more details below on:

Current and Upcoming Schedule

Current Schedule

2017 Class Schedule #9
October 16th to November 10th
REGISTRATION from Monday, October 9th to Thursday, October 12th, 9:30 to 11:30
Monday Morning
9:30 to 11:30
Open Lab Every Monday
9:30 to 11:30
Monday Afternoon
1:30 to 3:30
105 iPad & iPhone
Instructor: John
Oct 16, 23, 30, Nov 6
Tuesday Morning
9:30 to 11:30
106 Android
Instructor: Patty
Oct 17, 24, 31, Nov 7
Tuesday Afternoon
1:30 to 3:30
217 Computer Maintenance
Instructor: Jerry
Oct 17, 24, 31, Nov 7
Wednesday Morning
9:30 to 11:30
220 Microsoft Office 365
Instructor: Griz
Oct 18, 25, Nov 1, 8
Wednesday Afternoon
1:30 to 3:30
Open Lab Every Wednesday
11:30 to 3:30
Thursday Morning
9:30 to 11:30
222 Microsoft Word
Instructor: Steve
Oct 19, 26, Nov 2, 9
Thursday Afternoon
1:30 to 3:30
210 Windows 10 Level II
Instructor: Jerry
Oct 19, 26, Nov 2, 9
Friday Morning
9:30 to 11:30

Friday Afternoon
1:30 to 3:30


Upcoming Schedule

2017 Class Schedule #10
November 20th to December 22nd
REGISTRATION from Monday, November 13th to Thursday, November 16th, 9:30 to 11:30
Monday Morning
9:30 to 11:30
Open Lab Every Monday
9:30 to 11:30
Monday Afternoon
1:30 to 3:30
215 iPad & iPhone Apps
Instructor: John
Nov 20, 27, Dec 4, 11
Tuesday Morning
9:30 to 11:30
110 Windows 10
Instructor: Jerry
Nov 21, 28, Dec 5, 12
Tuesday Afternoon
1:30 to 3:30
217 Computer Maintenance
Instructor: Jerry
Nov 21, 28, Dec 5, 12
Wednesday Morning
9:30 to 11:30
106 Android
Instructor: Patty
Nov 22, 29, Dec 6, 13
Wednesday Afternoon
1:30 to 3:30
Open Lab Every Wednesday
11:30 to 3:30
Thursday Morning
9:30 to 11:30
220 Microsoft Office 365
Instructor: Griz
Nov 30, Dec 7, 14, 21
Thursday Afternoon
1:30 to 3:30
101 Intro to Computers
Instructor: Jerry
Nov 30, Dec 7, 14, 21
Friday Morning
9:30 to 11:30

Friday Afternoon
1:30 to 3:30


Seminar — Windows 10 Creators Update

Windows 10 is jumping into the 3D world…
come learn about some of the cool and useful features being added to Windows 10.

Note: if you already have Windows 10, the fall Creators Update is free. Be creative and find out what’s new in the Windows 10 Creators Update

Wednesday, November 1, NOON to 1:30


Open Lab

The "open lab" hours are not a class but rather a time for you to come and get one-on-one help with questions, practice on the computers, or explore some self-learning.

We welcome all questions and in many cases we may even provide answers. ☺☺☺


Courses

The Computer Center is pleased to be able to offer a variety of courses.

Each course typically runs for four weeks.
Each week the class will be held for two hours, either

  • in the morning (9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) or
  • in the afternoon (1:30 p.m. to 3:30p.m.)
  • special Thursday evening offering (6:30 p.m. to 7:30p.m.)
Please see the current or upcoming schedule for details.

Also, please take a moment to browse the course descriptoins below and take a look at the manuals for the courses to find the best fit for your interests.

Between each four week course offering we hold a registration week. At that time people are welcome to sign up for the next course they would like to attend.

We ask for a $15 donation per course to help cover materials, equipment, and upkeep.
All of the computers and other equipment are purchased with donations. THANK YOU!



101 - Introduction to Computers

No experience necessary… we start this course by showing you a little about the computer hardware and software. Then you will get comfortable using the mouse and keyboard to interact with the computer. Everything you learn here will help in all of the other classes offered.

Recommeded Prerequsite: none

Course Manual Get the Course Manual

BONUS Material

Parts of a Computer What are the parts of a computer?
Hardware vs. Software What is hardware and what is software?
Introducing the Mouse Introducing the Mouse
Introducing the Keyboard Introducing the Keyboard




102 - Windows 7 or Vista

If you are already a little familiar with the mouse and keyboard and want to learn good basic ways to work with your computer, this is the course for you. Learn about the Windows desktop, Start button, searching, and understanding where the computer stores your documents. Note: Also applicable for Vista users.

Recommeded Prerequsite: 101 - Introduction to Computers

Course Manual Get the Course Manual



105 - iPad & iPhone

Touching, swiping, pinching and zooming… oh, my! This class explores some of the features and fun to be had with an Apple iPad or iPhone. How to use the App Store, Siri, browse the Web with Safari, and a general introduction to using the iPad or iPhone. Bring your own iPad or iPhone and find out how to take advantage of your amazing device.

Recommeded Prerequsite: none

This course uses Apple's User Guides as reference:
iPhone User Guide
or
iPad User Guide





106 - Android

Android tablets and smart phones are some of the most popular gadgets around. Come learn how to take full advantage of your Android device, stay safe, and have fun. There are many versions and varieties of Android so bring your tablet or phone and we’ll explore how to get the most out of it.

Recommeded Prerequsite: none

Course Manual Get the Course Notes



108 - Apple Mac OS X

Do you have a Mac? There is so much to do, so much to explore, when using an Apple Mac computer. Whether you have a laptop or desktop Mac, we'll take a look at the OS X operating system that makes your Mac a Mac and not a PC.

Recommeded Prerequsite: none

Course Manual Get the Course Manual



110 - Windows 10 Fundamentals

Are you ready to take a look at the new features of Microsoft Windows 10? New ways to log on, speak to Cortana (your personal digital assistant), get comfortable with the new Start menu, and explore music, photos, calendar, and other built in apps. And how about the new Edge browser that lets you take notes on any web page. In this class you will get started with a solid, comfortable introduction to Windows 10.

Recommeded Prerequsite: 101 - Introduction to Computers

Course Manual Get the Course Manual



119 - Holiday Greeting Cards

How would you like to make and send a personalized Christmas card to that special someone this year? In this fun class, we will help you turn your pictures, your holiday wishes and thoughts into a real card to send to a loved one, family, or friend of your choice. Bring a picture or we will take a digital picture during class. But, most importantly, bring your creativity… we’ll help with the technical stuff.

Join any of the class sessions and go home with your own custom card.





201 - Internet

Take a tour of the Internet and learn about how to browse web sites, send and receive e-mail, use search engines, and other fun things to do online. Whether watching videos or trading interesting notes and pictures with friends and family, the Internet has plenty to offer.

Recommeded Prerequsite: Windows 7, 8, or 10 experience.

Course Manual Get the NEW Course Manual
Course Manual Get the OLD Course Manual



202 - Word Processing

Go far beyond a typewriter, past a simple text editor, and learn about the power and features of a word processor. We'll cover the basics and explore some easy ways to make your documents shine. And here's a bonus, there is some really good and free word processing software available now. We'll show you how to get that too.

Recommeded Prerequsite: 102 - Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 experience

Course Manual Get the Course Manual



204 - Windows 7 Level 2

Windows 7 is still going strong and if you are ready to go beyond the basics, this is the class for you. We'll learn how to customize the Start Menu, setup user accounts, backup your PC, and more.

Recommeded Prerequsite: 102 - Windows 7

Course Manual Get the Course Manual



205 - Facebook

Learn how to become part of the world’s largest social networking phenomenon. You will be able to setup your own Facebook account and learn how to make friends, post updates, and share with your family and friends.

Recommeded Prerequsite: Windows 7, 8 or Windows 10 experience





207 - Live Photo Gallery

Learn how to import and work with your digital pictures. We use a free program to manipulate your pictures to optimize for e-mail or printing and to change size and format. We will also explore image tagging and other fun ways to work with pictures.

Recommeded Prerequsite: 102 - Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 experience, and 201 - Internet

Course Manual Get the Course Manual



210 - Windows 10 LEVEL II

Can’t get enough Windows 10? This class continues where Windows Fundamentals left off. Get the most out of your Windows 10 experience, learn about more what you can do with your Windows 10 computer.

Recommeded Prerequsite: 110 - Windows 10 or strong Windows 10 experience

Course Manual Get the Course Manual



215 - iPad Apps

Angry Birds, YouTube, Netflix, FaceTime, GarageBand, Twitter… with over a million apps available in the Apple App Store, there is something for everyone. News, games, photography, music, books, sports, travel, weather, entertainment and education. Oh my! We will explore a variety of iPad apps according to everyone’s interests.

Recommeded Prerequsite: 105 - iPad & iPhone





216 - Android Apps

What do you want to do with your Android phone or tablet?
There are so many great apps in the Google Play store for watching videos, reading news, playing games, taking notes, making music, taking pictures… Come explore all the possibilities, share your favorites, and find something new.

Recommeded Prerequsite: 106 - Android





217 - Computer Maintenance

How do you keep your computer working and going strong? It will eventually need some maintenance and upkeep. Don't wait for something to go wrong, join us to learn about physical maintenance, software maintenance, performance maintenance, and backups.

Recommeded Prerequsite: Windows 7, 8 or 10 experience

Course Manual Get the Course Manual



220 - Microsoft Office 365 & Office 2016

Microsoft Office is the leading suite of productivity software by a long shot. Come learn about word processing with Word, spreadsheets with Excel, and presentations with PowerPoint. This course will introduce you to the basics of: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Recommeded Prerequsite: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 experience

Course Manual Get the Course Manual - Microsoft Word
Course Manual Get the Course Manual - Microsoft Excel
Course Manual Get the Course Manual - Microsoft PowerPoint



 NEW  221 - Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is the most popular spreadsheet around. What is a spreadsheet and what can you do with the Excel spreadsheet? This class starts with the basics of what a workbook is, columns, rows, and cells. Then you will learn how easy and powerful it is to do calculations and use simple formulas. Finally, what fun would Excel be without looking at a few charts and formatting to make your data shine.

We use the latest Office 365 (a.k.a. 2016) Excel but the basic concepts also work with older versions of Excel.

Recommeded Prerequsite: Windows 7, 8, or 10 experience





 NEW  222 - Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is the most popular word processor around. Start simple and work up to fancy… it’s easy to get started with Microsoft Word and this class will show you the basics. Then, if you want, Word has some more advanced features that let you be productive and creative.

We use the latest Office 365 (a.k.a. 2016) Word but this course also includes notes on other free word processing programs.

Recommeded Prerequsite: Windows 7, 8, or 10 experience

Course Manual Get the Course Manual



 NEW  237 - iPhone & iPad Photography

iPhones and iPads have remarkably good digital cameras. And, more importantly, it is usually the camera you have with you. Digital photography is fun, easy, and a great creative outlet.

Take Photos → Edit Photos → Share Photos

Are you ready to take some pictures? (and maybe a little video too)

Recommeded Prerequsite: 105 - iPhone & iPad





310 - Windows 10 Transition

Microsoft Windows 10 is here! If you are thinking of or already have transitioned from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10, this is the class for you. Come explore all the changes that Windows 10 has to offer. Learn how to take full advantage of the latest features.

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT an “introduction” class. This class is geared toward those folks who already have some understanding of Win 7 or 8 and have upgraded to Win 10.

Recommeded Prerequsite: 102 - Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 experience

Course Manual Get the Course Manual