Computer Center

All computer instruction is hands-on and is held in the computer lab in the Senior Center.  Class size is limited to eight.  A coach usually sits next to every student.  For a listing of current classes and descriptions of those classes, see THE CLASSES & TALKS CALENDAR.  Once at the calendar, click on the name of any class to get more detail.   You may also register online for any class through this calendar – just click on “Register to attend” and follow the instructions. You may also register by phone (507-664-3700), or in person at the Center.  Keep in mind that the deadline for registering for all computer classes is noon of the preceding Wednesday. The instructors are senior volunteers with considerable computer and teaching experience.

February 2018 Offerings

You may register online by clicking below on the title of the class you want to take. In person registration at the Center is also possible.  Registration deadline is the Wednesday preceding the week the class begins.

 

Intermediate Internet and Email
Tue/Thu
Feb 6 & 8
9:30am to 11:30am
This course will discuss internet topics such as using tabs, organizing bookmark sites, backup of bookmark sites, and information searching strategies.  Email topics covered will include creating and using group addresses and attachments.  Cutting, copying, pasting, and printing techniques will be developed for both email and web browsing.  The course will use Mozilla Firefox (browser) and Google Gmail (email). Students can choose to work on a computer set to behave like a Macintosh  or a Windows  Students must have an active Gmail Account
(2 Sessions).
Prerequisite: Intro to the Internet and Email or equivalent
Students must have an active Gmail Account
Register by Noon Wed, Jan 31
Cost:  $25/nm, $20/m, $0/plat equiv
Instructor: Jim Finholt

 

Organize My MAC Computer
Wed/Fri
Feb 7 & 9
9:30am to 11:30am
(An introduction to the Macintosh Operating System)
A typical computer may contain thousands of documents and pictures and it is essential to have a good way to organize these items.  This course will explain how to attain this goal while using a Macintosh computer.   The course will use a recent Mac OS X operating system and be taught on dual boot machines that behave like normal Macintosh computers.  Students should bring a USB flash drive (thumb drive).
(2 Sessions)
Prerequisite: Word Processing Basics or equivalent
Register by Noon of Wed, Jan 31
Cost: $20m/ $25nm/ $0plat. equiv
Instructor: Jim Finholt

 

Organize My WINDOWS Computer
Tue/Thu
Feb 13 & 15
9:30am to 11:30am
(An introduction to the Windows Operating Systems)
A typical computer may contain thousands of documents and pictures and it is essential to have a good way to organize these items.  This course will explain how to use a Microsoft Windows operating system to attain this goal.  The course will use the Windows 10 operating system, but the content will be useful for people using other Windows operating systems.  Students should bring a USB flash drive (thumb drive).
(2 Sessions)
Prerequisite: Word Processing Basics or equivalent
Register by Noon of Wednesday, Jan 17
Cost: $25/nm, $20/m, $0/plat equiv
Instructor: Jim Finholt

 

Microsoft Word
Every Wed/Fri
Feb 21, 23, 28, Mar 2
9:30am to 11:30am
This course builds on basic word processing skills for people ready for an intermediate level of word processing. Students use Microsoft Word for more features to enhance any document. They navigate its many menus, bars and buttons. They manage files, open/close multiple documents simultaneously, and copy and move text between documents. They customize tab and margin settings, use advanced formatting skills, are exposed to print properties, and save files to various locations. They use built-in Help: Auto Correct & Complete, Spelling & Grammar Check, and Thesaurus.

(4 Sessions)
Prerequisite: Word Processing Basics or equivalent
Cost: $45/nm, $40/m, $0/plat equiv
Register by: noon Wed, Feb 14
Instructor:  Barb Henwood

 

Intro to Spreadsheets
Every Tue/Thu
Feb 27, Mar 1, 6, 8
9:30am to 11:30am
Spreadsheets are handy tools that are easy to set up and run.  Students in this course will learn how to use free software similar to Microsoft Excel to construct and operate many different kinds of spreadsheets.  In summary, this course will show how to construct and use spreadsheets to organize and analyze almost any collection of numerical information.   Students should bring a USB flash drive.
(4 Sessions)
Prerequisite: Word Processing Basics or equivalent
Cost: $40/m, $45/nm, $0 plat. equiv.
Register by Noon Wed, Feb 21
Instructor: Jim Finholt

 

 

Title

Platform

Sessions

Prerequisite (or equivalent skills)

      Introductory Courses

Intro to Computers/Win

Windows

2

None

Intro to Computers/Mac

Macintosh

2

None

Word Processing Basics/Win

Windows

2

Intro to Computers

Word Processing Basics/Mac

Macintosh

2

Intro to Computers

Organize My Windows Computer

Windows

2

Word Processing Basics

Organize My Macintosh Computer

Macintosh

2

Word Processing Basics

Intro to the Internet and Email

Both

2

Organize My Computer

     INTERMEDIATE COURSES

Intermediate Internet and Email

Both

2

Intro to the Internet and Email

Microsoft Word/Win

Windows

4

Word Processing Basics

Microsoft Word/Mac

Macintosh

4

Word Processing Basics

Insert a Photo into Text

Both

1

Word Processing Basics

Holiday Correspondence

Both

1

Word Processing Basics

Mail Merge and Labels

Windows

2

Word Processing Basics

Learn To Type

Both

Arranged

Word Processing Basics

     PHOTO COURSES

Organize My Photos

Both

2

Organize My Computer

Basic Photo Editing & Printing

Both

2

Organize My Photos

Advanced Photo Editing & Printing

Both

2

Basic Photo Editing & Printing

Taking Better Photos

2

None

Scanning Pictures

Both

1

Intro to Computers

New Life for Old Slides

Both

2

Organize My Computer

     OTHER COURSES

Facebook and Privacy

Both

2

Intro to the Internet and Email

Genealogy

Both

1

None

Introduction to iPad/iPhone

iPad iPhone

2

None

Intro to Spreadsheets

Both

4

Word Processing Basics

Presentation Software Like PowerPoint

Both

2

Word Processing Basics

Quicken Basics

Both

2

Intro to Computers

Quicken Topics

Both

Arranged

Quicken Basics