These basic course offerings are free classes.

I put together this list of free courses because I feel they represent the basic computer knowledge that we should all have. There are a limited number of spaces for each class and enrollment is on a first-come-first-serve basis.  You will be trusted to attend any of the free classes you register for.  Should you fail to show up for a free registered class without first calling us, you will automatically be dropped from any remaining free classes you might have registered for.  In addition, you may be asked for a non-refundable failure to show deposit before you can register for any future classes.

There is no charge for enrolling in any of the basic courses however donations will be kindly accepted. Donations will be put to good use in the following areas among others:

  • 501(c)(3) Application Fees
  • Facilities Costs
  • Equipment Costs
  • Laptop(s)  for use by students whom do not have one to use.
  • Software
  • Class advertising
  • Reference materials and books.
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The following classes cover the basic elements of each of the various topics. 

Each of the classes will take approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The last 15 minutes of class will generally be reserved as an open question period while we set up for the next class.

PC-100 - Computer Basics

This class will cover the very… very….did I say “very”… basics of computers – back to square one.  We’ll be discussing the various computer components and how they fit and work together.  Of course, we’ll also be introducing you to some of the basic terminology such as Gigabytes, Megabytes, RAM, ROM, HDD and so on.  By the end of class you should feel comfortable going to the store and speaking to the tech person at a level sufficient to reasonably assist in making an intelligent computer purchase.

As this is a very basic course covering general PC information, a computer is not necessary. You should have some means of taking notes. Digital recorders are allowed.
Having a laptop to follow along and/or take notes on would be helpful
Because this is an entry level course, no prior PC knowledge is required.

PC-101 - Introduction to Operating Systems & Windows 10 basics

Windows 10 Desktop ImageWe’ll start by reviewing the various options you have for choosing an operating system to run your computer.  Yes… Virginia… Windows is not the only game in town!

Although Windows is not the only game in town, it is the most widely used so we’ll discuss the basics of getting around Windows to include how to run programs, how to switch from one program to another, basic Windows settings and how to start customizing Windows to better suit your needs.

 

You should have a laptop or tablet with the current, updated, version of Windows 10 installed. The current version is 1607.
Completion of PC-100 or the permission of the instructor
 

PC-102 - Computer Programs and file management

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Installing, running and even removing computer programs as well as managing the various files created by these programs will be the focus of this learning module.  You’ll learn about the various types of computer files, what your options are for saving them and where it’s best to place them to keep them safe and to keep them organized
Laptop or tablet with the current, updated, version of Windows 10 (release 1607) installed
You should have completed PC-100 & PC-101 or have the permission of the instructor.

PC-103 - Computer security

Password input fieldIt’s become sad that you have to play “defensively” when using your own computer – but it’s a fact of life.  This is one of most important – if not THE most important module.  We’ll discuss not only the various software options available for protecting your computer but just as important – if not moreso – we’ll be covering the “best practices” of computer use that can greatly help keeping you out of trouble in the first place.  We’ll be covering Antivirus and firewall software options, proper password use, computer encryption, email management and so on.

Laptop or Tablet with the updated version of Windows 10 installed (release 1607)
You should have completed PC-100 & PC-101 or have the prior approval of the instructor.

PC-104 - The Internet

 

Accessing the internet is the most popular use of the PC.  Whether researching homework, finding the best chocolate chip cookie recipe or even monitoring your home security system, almost everything done on the PC involves the internet to some degree or another.  We’ll not only explor our local options for obtaining internet access but discuss the most common types of web sites, how to safely access and use them all the while being as safe as possible.

 

 

Laptop or tablet or another means of taking notes
Laptop or tablet with the current version of Windows 10 (release 1607) installed.
You should have completed PC-101 or have prior approval of the instructor.

PC-105 - Social Networking

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Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Linked-in, Foursquare, Tumbler… and the list goes on and on and on.  The number of ways to connect with people around the world increases almost daily.  This module will discuss some of the more popular social networking sites, how to join them and how to be wary of the pitfalls if you don’t use them wisely.
Laptop or tablet or another means of taking notes
Laptop or tablet with the current version of Windows 10 (release 1607) installed.
You should have completed PC-101 or have prior approval of the instructor.