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KCC offers computer course for seniors

ROSCOMMON – Kirtland Community College will be offering a popular basic computer course designed especially for seniors and those with no prior computer experience during the upcoming 2011 summer semester.

Basic Computing (CIS-010) begins with how to turn on a computer and delves into the workings of the Windows 7 operating system. The 10-week class is slated for 1 to 4 p.m. each Wednesday, starting May 18, in Room 207 of the Administration Building (ADM) at the college’s main campus near Roscommon.

Kirtland instructor Clay Horton said the manuals for the course – “Windows 7 for Seniors” and “Internet and E-mail for Seniors” – use an easy, step-by-step format that is offered in large print.

“The class focuses on the newer Windows 7 system,” Horton said. “But, we still 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.”

He added Basic Computing students enjoy the pace of the course, learning to use computers at their own pace. Lessons within the class including how to write letters and memos on a computer, send and receive messages via e-mail, explore the World Wide Web and customize computer settings.

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

Senior citizens who are in-district are entitled to one tuition-free class – maximum of two contact hours – per semester. There are an additional course fees, however, and textbooks for the course will need to be purchased at the Kirtland Bookstore.

Students may sign up for summer classes, including CIS-010, during the ongoing open registration period that runs through Sunday, May 15. The summer semester officially starts Monday, May 16.

Annually, about 3,200 students annually attend a variety of certificate and two-year degree programs at Kirtland’s four locations– at Roscommon and the Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) in Gaylord, as well as sites in Grayling and West Branch – with the college’s service area including all or parts of Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw, Roscommon, Otsego, Kalkaska, Missaukee, Gladwin and Alcona counties, and the surrounding areas.

For more information about the Basic Computing class, or how to register for this and any other course selection, visit online at www.kirtland.edu or call 989-275-5000, extension 251.