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Kirtland Offers $10 Computer Classes in West Branch

Kirtland Community College’s Community Education Department is partnering with the Ogemaw Commission on Aging to bring a series of informational computer and technology courses to community members in West Branch and surrounding counties. All courses are being held at the Ogemaw Commission located at 1528 South M33 in West Branch and the cost for each is only $10.

Kirtland Community Education Offering $10 Computer Courses

Kirtland Community Education Offering $10 Computer Courses

June 20, 2014 (1 -4 p.m.)
Computer Basics: This three-hour class will show you how to use a computer and feel comfortable with technology. You will learn how to start and stop the computer and receive an overview of Windows 8.1. You will also learn healthy ways to use the computer and how to avoid ergonomic mistakes, how to make the computer mouse work for you, and when to click once and when to click twice. (Not widely known there are rare cases where it is fun to click three times). The class finishes with a question and answer session with advice on how to select a computer.

June 27, 2014 (1 -4 p.m.)
Windows 8.1: This hands-on course features the new Windows 8.1 interface, start screen, live tiles, hot corners, charms bar, sky drive, and security features. It’s a great way to get a handle on your new computer or try out Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 system and see if it’s right for you.

July 11, 2014 (1 -4 p.m.)
Copy, Cut & Paste: An important feature for every computer user is the ability to copy, cut, and paste information from one place to another. It seems like a basic task. Everyone seems to be able to do it. Still there are a few tricks that make it easy. Copy, Cut & Paste shows you how to select the information that you want, copy or cut just the amount you want, and paste it in a new location. It also shows you how to drag a letter, a word, a paragraph, or even a whole page to a new location. The course looks at both words and images and shows you how to crop away extra material. The keyboard, the mouse, and the clipboard are examined.

July 18, 2014 (1 -4 p.m.)
Digital Photography: This course guides students through creating and refining images. Students will explore composition, exposure, and digital refinement with their digital cameras and the digital photography program Picasa.

July 25, 2014 (1 -4 p.m.)
Introduction to Facebook: This three-hour course explores the elements of Facebook and how to keep up with your friends, family, and community through social media.

August 1, 2014 (1 -4 p.m.)
Finding Useful Information on the Internet: This three-hour course explores strategies for finding information on the Internet. There’s a big world beyond Google, and this course uncovers much of the “hidden Internet.” Learn how to use meta-search engines, identify files and free programs that you can use on your own computer, and develop techniques to speed you through the process of finding what you want when you want it.

The classes feature laptop computers and an overhead computer projector so all students can see examples on the screen and try them out on their own. The classes have been offered many times in locations throughout Northern Michigan. The class pace is designed for adults and affords students the opportunity to try the exercises on their own computer (or a local public access computer).

All classes are offered at a pace set for adults and seniors and laptop computers are available for all participants. An overhead computer projector will enable you to see examples on the screen, giving you the opportunity to try the training exercises, and how to use the skills you learn on either your own computer or a local public access computer. Kirtland Community Education Director Clay Horton will be the instructor and brings over 25 years of teaching experience to these classes.

The class limit for these community education courses is 10. For more information on either computer course, contact Kirtland Community Education at 989-275-5000, extension 279 or Sharon Burdine with the Ogemaw Commission on Aging at 989-345-3010, ext. 1802.

For more information on Kirtland Community College, or to learn more about the programs, advising, testing, veterans services, financial aid and other resources available to students, contact 989-275-5000, extension 284 or visit online at