SCC offering computer, technology classes


Several computer and technology classes will be starting soon at various Surry Community College locations throughout Surry and Yadkin counties.

Technology Awareness will be offered in two sessions in October. Students can choose to meet each Monday and Wednesday, Oct. 16 through Dec. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Pilot Center, 612 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain or at the Center for Public Safety, 1220 State St., Mount Airy.

Class instruction provides technology skills training for unemployed and underemployed adults. The curriculum framework and the content of the instructional materials should focus on the following topics: developing a moderate comfort level of basic computer-use skills, using technology in developing and implementing job search strategies, researching career and occupational information, compiling and developing employment related documents (resume, cover letters, applications and electronic employment portfolios), accessing governmental and educational resources, assessing technology literacy, understanding the impact of social networking on employment and emphasizing the role of technology in the workplace.

This course will include an introduction to additional forms of technology including the use of tablets and smartphones for the workplace. Payment of $125 is required. Tuition may be waived for the unemployed and underemployed.

Microsoft Windows 10 & Office 2016 classes will be offered in five sessions in October. Those interested can meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 16 through Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon at The Elkin Center, 1461 N. Bridge St., Elkin or at the Center for Public Safety in Mount Airy; they can meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 16 through Dec. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. or Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 17 through Dec. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Pilot Center; or they can meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 17 through Dec. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Yadkin Center, 1001 College Drive, Yadkinville.

The course will show the student how to use Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 10, as well as the productivity programs of MS Office. This course includes an overview of MS Word 2016, MS Excel 2016, and MS PowerPoint 2016. The MS Word portion includes understanding the tools used in MS Word to create impressive letters, memos and fliers. Students will learn how to write formulas and use built-in functions to have Excel automatically calculate totals, averages and other common calculations in the MS Excel portion of the class. Learn MS Excel skills that will help you prepare for tax season. MS PowerPoint topics include creating a presentation from scratch, using text, graphics, animations and transitions.

Topics may be added or omitted based on student interest. Payment is required.

iPhone/iPad Fundamentals will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 17 through Nov. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Yadkin Center in Yadkinville. The course provides users of Apple’s iPhone and iPad basic knowledge of both devices. Students will not only learn the basics, such as setting up email accounts, messaging, navigation and using controls, but will also be introduced to the newest iOS operating system and learn the basics of working with iCloud. Payment is required.

Computer Skills Basics – Windows 10 class will be offered each Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 17 through Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at two locations – The Elkin Centerand the Center for Public Safety in Mount Airy.

The course is designed to be hands-on and user friendly for senior citizens and others who may have limited computer skills. Topics include basic computer terms, how to use the Windows controls, and file management while developing a moderate comfort level of basic computer skills. Students will be shown how to work with files, create new documents, how to save and rename documents, and how to work with text to include editing, typing, inserting, highlighting and deleting text. Students will also be introduced to Windows newest operating system, Windows 10. The goal of the course is to show students how to do all of this with the least amount of strain and frustration.

The course begins with basic computer exercises that allow you to practice what you’ve learned. Handouts will be provided to each student. Payment is required.

Smartphones for the Android User will be offered on Thursdays, Oct. 24 through Nov. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Pilot Center. The course will instruct users of Android based smartphones and tablets with skills related to the Android operating system. Payment is required.

For questions and registration for any of these classes, contact Susan Ratcliff at (336) 386-3309 or ratcliffs@surry.edu.

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