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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. This is a safe environment to ask all your questions and feel more confident using a computer. No previous experience is necessary and you don't even have to own a computer.

Start date: 06/02/16

End date: 06/02/16

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. This is a safe environment to ask all those questions and feel confident using the computer. No previous experience is necessary and you don't even have to own a computer.

Start date: 07/21/16

End date: 07/21/16

Tuition:$29.00



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Evernote 

ID:23736
Save project inspiration you find online and in the real world with Evernote. Snap a picture, record audio, clip entire webpages. Save all kinds of information (documents, hand written notes, audio, images) in one place. Record meetings, store files, save receipts, scan contracts and store contracts. Create a digital file cabinet for all of your projects, documents and to-dos; add multiple layers of organization using notebooks, notebooks stacks and tags. Find what you need fast. Search by keyword or tag and quickly find what you are looking for (even typed and handwritten text inside of attached photos, images, PDFs, documents, spread sheets and presentation).

Start date: 07/05/16

End date: 07/29/16

Tuition:$195.00



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Google + 

ID:23737
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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Do you have a smartphone with lots of additional apps that you don't use? Learn how to remove those without messing up your phone. Plus, customize your Android device so you maximize its effectiveness and convenience so it works for you.

Start date: 06/29/16

End date: 06/29/16

Tuition:$29.00



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Do you have a smartphone with lots of additional apps that you don't use? Learn how to remove those without messing up your phone. Plus, customize your Android device so you maximize its effectiveness and convenience so it works for you.

Start date: 08/06/16

End date: 08/06/16

Tuition:$29.00



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Ever wonder how some people never seem to have any issues with their Windows PC? Learn the magic formula from an IT professional. You will be guided through installing and setting up your PC with the latest Windows 8 Operating System and desired software. Learn the minimum hardware requirements for today''s software and operating systems and how to choose the right hardware configuration if you need to make a new purchase. Install the Windows Operating System from “bare metal”, protect and secure your PC, and keep it all running smoothly for the life of the equipment.

Start date: 06/06/16

End date: 07/01/16

Tuition:$175.00



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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: 06/06/16

End date: 07/01/16

Tuition:$245.00



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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. http://protrainedu.org/Lumens/Microsoft-Office-2013-for-Beginners/292" target="_blan

Start Date: upon registration

Tuition:$375.00



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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. http://protrainedu.org/Lumens/Microsoft-Office-2013-for-Beginners/292" target="_blan

Start Date: upon registration

Tuition:$375.00



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Twitter 

ID:23744
Twitter is a hot social media platform these days – and everyone seems to be using it. Learn the best way to take advantage of the unique opportunities Twitter offers – and discover the best ways to create relationships and network with your key constituents. You will find out the best – and easiest – techniques for successful interactions in the Twitterverse.Requirements nternet connection ,IE8 or higher, Chrome, FireFox and access to Adobe Flash Player

Start date: 06/06/16

End date: 07/01/16

Tuition:$195.00



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iPad: Basics 

ID:24306
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: 06/22/16

End date: 06/22/16

Tuition:$39.00



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