Each of the following courses focuses on a very specific topic or application. As these are highly focused courses, some require that you have an above average command of basic computer skills before enrolling in any of these courses.  Additionally, for many of these courses, having additional specialized learning skills would be of great benefit.  For example, while not required, it would be very beneficial to have at least a basic understanding of accounting principles before enrolling in the Quicken or QuickBooks course modules.

Many of these courses will only be scheduled once enough students have expressed an interest in taking them. These topics, however, can also be covered during private lessons should you not want to wait until the minimum enrollment has been met.  Likewise, each of the courses will have a limited capacity to insure the instructor has sufficient time to give each student the necessary attention.  The time allotted for courses will vary for each of the courses depending upon the subject matter being covered.

 

PC-301: On-Line Finances

This course module will examine the various finance programs – both on your PC and on-line – available to help you organize and track your finances. Additionally, we’ll be exploring various tools available to help you perform secure transactions on-line.  We’ll be talking about Quicken, QuickBooks, CountAbout, Mint, MoneySpire, Personal Capital, PowerWallet, Paypal and more.

 

You’ll need some means of taking notes
A laptop or tablet with the ability to connect to the internet.
While there are no requirements, the following courses would be helpful to have taken: PC-100 & PC-101 & PC-102.

PC-302: Quicken 2016 / 2017

Quicken is a financial management program designed to let you track your income and expenses.  You can categorize your transactions, linking them to specific IRS forms.  In most cases, you’ll be able to link directly with your bank accounts and download all of your transactions directly into Quicken.  Additionally, Quicken interfaces with income tax preparation software such as Intuit’s Turbo Tax to automatically transfer your data directly into the appropriate worksheets come tax time.

This course will focus on Quicken 2017’s Home and Business version allowing you to use the same program for tracking both your personal and business expenses.

 

A laptop or PC with Quicken 2016/2017 installed.
PC-100, PC-101 & PC-102 or prior approval of the instructor. 

PC-303: Buying On-line

We’ll help you get set up and ready to buy on-line.  We all would prefer to keep our spending dollars local, but despite best intentions that’s not always the best option. We’ll cover an overview of the processes involved and the precautions you can take to make buying on-line as easy, and as safe, as possible.  We’ll cover eBay, Amazon and Craigslist in detail and other websites in general.

 

A tablet, laptop or PC and/or a means to take notes. 
A PayPal account linked to your checking account or your checking account number and routing and transit information to assist in setting up a PayPal account. 
PC-100, PC-101, PC-102 & PC-104 or prior approval of the instructor. 

PC-304: Creating a home budget with Excel

Whether you’re preparing a household budget or one for your small business, upon completion this course will give you the necessary tools to create  a detailed home (or business) budget using Microsoft Excel. The budget will be preparing will cover a year and will include regular and occasional income and expenses. This course will help you open your eyes and come up with a realistic financial plan.

As this course will be focusing on the mechanics of creating the budget, a good understanding of Microsoft Excel and the ability to create basic level formulas is required.

 

Tablet, laptop or PC with Microsoft Excel 2013 or better installed.
PC-232 (intermediate Microsoft Excel) or equivalent knowledge or the prior approval of the instructor.

PC-305: Building Your Own Computer

If you’re in the market for anything but a low-end computer, you might be surprised how much you can save by building your own computer. As if saving money isn’t enough, you’ll also have the advantage of putting together the individual components that YOU want, not what someone else feels you need (or what parts they need to get rid of). Lastly, and more importantly, it’s not really that complicated – you can do it!

This will be a two-part course: Part one will cover reviewing the components needed and what the various options are.  After the first part, you’ll then have 2 weeks to get the various components ordered. part two will be to put the components together and install the operating system.

 

Some means of taking detailed notes.
While there may not be any specific courses required as a prerequisite, having a good basic knowledge of the general parts of a computer will greatly help.
PC-306: Creating Your Own Website

While creating a website can be a very complex undertaking… it doesn’t necessarily have to be. And while it “used to be” a very expensive proposition, for the most part, that’s no longer the case. This course will walk you through all of the steps necessary to get your own basic website up and running.  We’ll be taking 4 sessions to cover all the steps necessary to create a basic website using the WordPress website creation tool.

Lesson 1 – An Overview

Lesson 2 – Creating the Website

Lesson 3 – Adding Content & Capabilities

Lesson 4 – Polishing it up

PC-307: TV Alternatives & Cutting the Cable

So…. the typical cable TV bill can run upwards of a hundred and a quarter a month nowadays. Depending upon where you live and what the various options are with respects to internet services, you may have numerous options for cutting the cable and, reduce your costs while maintaining or even increasing your TV viewing options.

We’ll be looking at:

  • Over the air options for receiving local channels
  • Streaming video services such as
    • Netflix
    • Hulu (Hulu Plus)
    • Amazon Prime, Crackle and more.
  • Blu-Ray and DVD rental options
  • Pay as you go services.
  • Combining (bundling) your video, phone and internet services to reduce your expenses even more.