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Kirtland Offers Adult Computer Courses for Roscommon, Tawas Area Residents

Kirtland Community College’s Community Education department is offering a popular basic computer course designed especially for seniors and those with no prior computer experience at both the main campus near Roscommon and the Iosco Regional Education Service Agency (IRESA) in Tawas beginning in March.

Computers with Windows 7 is ideal for beginners and provides step-by-step directions geared to adult learners.  The multi-week course begins with how to turn on a computer and delves into the workings of the Windows 7 operating system.

“The class focuses on the newer Windows 7 system,” said instructor Clay Horton. “We try to base the class on an easy, step-by-step approach in which anyone can learn the basics of how to operate a computer. Basic Computing students enjoy the pace of the course, learning to use computers at their own level of understanding.”

Lessons within the class include how to write letters and memos on a computer, how to send and receive messages via e-mail, exploring the World Wide Web and customizing computer settings. The manuals for the course – Windows 7 for Seniors and Internet and E-mail for Seniors – use an easy, step-by-step format offered in large print.

“A lot depends on the class size and their interests,” Horton said regarding topics to be covered. “I let students tell me what they want to learn and we work to make sure they are able to learn those most sought-after skills first.”

The Tawas IRESA course, taught by Marshall Swanson, is a nine-week class from March 13 – May 8, 2013 and meets from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the IRESA building, 27 N. Rempert Road.  The Roscommon main campus course, taught by Clay Horton and Karen Sessions, is a six-week class running March 18 – April 22, 2013 from 6-9 p.m. in the Administration Building.  The cost for either Computers with Windows 7 course is $75, and the textbook can be purchased for $17.50 at time of registration.

Annually, more than 3,000 students attend a variety of occupational, skilled trades, two-year and transfer degree programs at Kirtland’s locations near Roscommon, Kirtland-Gaylord, Kirtland-West Branch and in Tawas.  Kirtland also offers a wide range of online courses and degrees, all of which can be completed from home.

For more information on the Basic Computing class, how to register, or other Community Education courses, visit or call 989-275-5000, extension 279.

To learn more about the programs, advising, testing, financial aid and other services available to students, contact 989-275-5000, extension 258, or visit online at