Technology & Computer Skills
We offer a variety of short term technology classes. Sample topics include Basic Computers, Microsoft Excel, Digital Photography, QuickBooks, and more. Introductory as well as advanced level courses are available. All technology classes are taught using the Windows 7 or Windows XP operating systems and Office 2010 software. Those needing training in Windows Vista, Office 2003 or 2007, or other tech issues are encouraged to contact Andrea Barbknecht at (309) 647-5886. Consultations available for $15/hr! Go to Classes & Events to view our scheduled offerings.
Our Most Popular Technology Classes
The Basics of Your Computer Learn basics such as using the mouse and starting up/shutting down your computer. discover how the computer is organized, how to create, save, copy, rename files, and much more. Join this open enrollment class to gain the skills you need to be productive on a personal computer.
The Basics of the Internet A wealth of information is at your fingertips! Learn to search the World Wide Web and gain tips about using secure sites, saving sites as Favorites, and using the History. Using Internet Explorer, you will be ready to surf on your own in no time.
The Basics of Email Whether you need help in creating a new email account or to gain tips on how to use your existing one, this open enrollment class is for you! You’ll learn how to compose, send, reply, and forward email. Get started communicating online with your family and friends now!
Microsoft Word 2010 Level I In this course, you will gain the skills to create and edit word processing documents. Topics include formatting and selecting text; using cut, copy, and paste; using the spell check and thesaurus; inserting clip art and word art; aligning and indenting text; creating columns, borders, headers, and footers; creating labels and envelopes by using a mail merge; and much more!
Microsoft Word 2010 Level II Once you know the basics of Word, go on to master such things as inserting shapes and smart art, tracking changes, mailings…and much more!
Microsoft Excel 2010 Level I Topics include selecting cells, using the fill handle and moving cell contents; basic formulas; formatting cells; charting; relative and absolute cell referencing; performing calculations between worksheets; freezing panes; filtering; using Word to create a mail merge for labels and envelopes, and more!
Microsoft Excel 2010 Level II If you know the basics of Excel, learn more about creating formulas, using functions, making charts, working with multiple worksheets…and much more! Bring your questions!
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Use PowerPoint to share information with an audience in a visual manner. Create professional slideshows using colorful themes, animations, graphics, and text, customized to serve your needs!
Microsoft Publisher 2010 Use Publisher to create professional-looking marketing and informational materials. You’ll learn how to use this software to create your own brochures, flyers, invitations, business cards… and more!
Facebook for Your Business This class is designed for business owners that are interested in learning how to utilize Facebook to benefit their business as a part of their marketing strategy. Learn why social media matters, fundamental rules and principles, tips, and ways to promote your page. Class includes hands-on exploration and discussion of Facebook. With over 500 million users and growing Facebook is sure to be a key component of your marketing plan of the future.
Introduction to QuickBooks This course is for someone who is considering purchasing the software or for the user who has very little or no experience with QuickBooks whatsoever. In this class, the participant will set up a company profile; enter and track receipts and expenses; process payroll; manage and reconcile bank accounts; and print and customize reports. Basic technology skills are required. Class size is limited.
Geographic Information Systems Level I Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is used for map-making and map-design by economic development and planning organizations, emergency responders, municipalities and townships, hospitals, and disaster relief centers. This one-day seminar will help answer the question “What is GIS?”; get an introduction to using ESRI’s ArcView software; find out how to add layers, tables, and raster images to create GIS information. Students will also discover how GIS combines data and uses powerful analysis tools to turn it into useable information.
SLR Digital Photography This class is designed for the student who uses a Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera with interchangeable lenses. (This class is NOT designed for the point and shoot cameras.) This class will teach you how to understand all the various settings, including ISO, correct aperture and shutter speed. This is an excellent class for anyone wishing to purchase their first SLR camera, or the beginner using their new camera. If you are interested in learning to take professional photographs, this class might be for you!