Computer and Technology Classes Starting in May in Surry and Yadkin Counties

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

Computer Skills Basics – Windows 10 classes will be offered in four sessions in May. Students can attend class May 22 through June 28 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Pilot Center, 612 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain or at The Elkin Center, 1461 N. Bridge St., Elkin. Students can also attend class May 23 through June 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Center for Public Safety, 1220 State St., Mount Airy or from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Yadkin Center, 1001 College Drive, Yadkinville. 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 students to practice what they’ve learned. Handouts will be provided to each student. Payment is required.

Technology Awareness classes will be offered in two sessions. Students can choose to meet each Monday and Wednesday, May 22 to June 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Elkin Center, 1461 N. Bridge St., Elkin or each Tuesday and Thursday, May 23 to June 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at The Pilot Center, 612 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain. The course provides technology skills training for unemployed and underemployed adults. The curriculum framework and the content of the instructional materials will 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 such as resumes, 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 also 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 four sessions in May. Those interested can meet each Monday and Wednesday, May 22 to June 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at The Elkin Center, 1461 N. Bridge St., Elkin or at the Center for Public Safety, 1220 State St., Mount Airy. Students can also meet each Tuesday and Thursday, May 23 to June 29 at The Yadkin Center, 1001 College Drive, Yadkinville from 1 to 4 p.m. or at The Pilot Center, 612 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain from 6 to 9 p.m. The eight-week course will show students 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. Additionally, students can learn MS Excel skills useful during 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.

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


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