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Learn important and basic computer skills or explore new technology to help you personally or professionally.

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Touch typing, or keyboarding as it’s known today, is an essential computer skill. Keyboarding is used in many jobs today and is projected to be an even more crucial IT skill in the future. Imagine how efficient you could be if you didn’t have to think about each and every letter you type. If you have never developed beyond the hunt-and-peck technique this class is for you. In just a few weeks you will feel more confident in your keyboarding skills and be able to get more work done.

Start date: 10/11/16

End date: 11/08/16

Tuition: $59.00



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Just like an automobile, your computer needs to be on a maintenance schedule. Although new computers automatically update themselves, there are other things that computer users need to know. Join us and learn about malware, software updates, anti-virus protection, and more.  

Start date: 10/04/16

End date: 10/04/16

Tuition: $29.00



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This class is for the person who has never turned on a computer. You will learn basic vocabulary, practice turning on the machine and powering it down, using a mouse, typing on the keyboard, and exploring what the computer can do. No previous experience is necessary and you don’t even have to own a computer.

Start date: 09/27/16

End date: 09/27/16

Tuition: $29.00



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Google+ has surpassed Twitter to become the second largest social network next to Facebook. Discover the best ways to use this popular and emerging social media platform to raise your online profile, and connect with current and potential new contacts. You''ll learn the advantages of using Google+, how it can help your organization to engage existing users and grow your base, and techniques for using the platform to create relationships, and expand your reach and knowledge in particular subject matter areas.

Start date: 08/01/16

End date: 08/26/16

Tuition: $195.00

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Google+ has surpassed Twitter to become the second largest social network next to Facebook. Discover the best ways to use this popular and emerging social media platform to raise your online profile, and connect with current and potential new contacts. You''ll learn the advantages of using Google+, how it can help your organization to engage existing users and grow your base, and techniques for using the platform to create relationships, and expand your reach and knowledge in particular subject matter areas.

Start date: 11/07/16

End date: 12/02/16

Tuition: $195.00



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Pinterest is a visual discovery tool that you can use to find ideas for all your projects and interests. Get inspired to do things yourself with crafts, decorating, and other creative DIY projects. Discover quick style tips and tricks to liven up your rooms at home, add pizzazz to your wardrobe, or cozy up your backyard. If you have a business and the end product is visual, Pinterest is a great marketing tool. This class will show you how to set up an account, discover the different Pinterest categories, follow friends’ accounts, create your own electronic bulletin boards, and start pinning ideas!

Start date: 10/26/16

End date: 10/26/16

Tuition: $29.00



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This is a very basic class on using the Internet. You will learn what a browser is, how to navigate using useful tools, and be introduced to search engines.

Start date: 10/06/16

End date: 10/06/16

Tuition: $29.00



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Games are increasingly recognized as a tool that can serve many business purposes beyond entertainment. This course provides a general introduction to what goes into the design and development of both video and analog games, with a particular focus on the use of games outside of consumer entertainment. By completing this course, you can take the first steps into understanding game design, and how it can be applied in your field.

Start date: 09/06/16

End date: 09/30/16

Tuition: $245.00



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Learn the basics and how to be more productive with your iPad. Find out about functional and fun applications available on the iPad as well as useful tips and tricks to get the most from your device. Please bring your device to class.   

Start date: 09/26/16

End date: 09/26/16

Tuition: $39.00



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Learn the basics and how to be more productive with your iPad. Find out about functional and fun applications available on the iPad as well as useful tips and tricks to get the most from your device. Please bring your device to class.   

Start date: 11/29/16

End date: 11/29/16

Tuition: $39.00



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Get more out of your iPad. Expand your existing knowledge and get the most out of the iPad's technology. Learn some useful tips and tricks to make your life easier and your iPad even more enjoyable! Please bring your device to class.

Start date: 12/12/16

End date: 12/12/16

Tuition: $29.00



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This class will give students an overview of the Microsoft Office applications and how they work together. Students will be able to create and edit Word documents that include outlines, tables, styles and sections. Students will be able to create and edit Excel spreadsheets that include charts and "what-if" analysis. Students will be able to create and edit PowerPoint presentations. Students will be able to create Access databases that include tables, forms, queries and reports. Students will need a basic understanding Windows to complete this class. Students will need a copy of Office. A 30-day trial version is available. Details

Start Date: upon registration

Tuition: $375.00



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