By VICTORIA CALDERON
• Leader & Times
For anyone who has trouble navigating a computer, look no further. The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Business and Industry Office is offering all members of the community several computer technology classes in July.
The first class is Basic Computer, which is taught in Spanish. The class will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in Room T128 at the Technical School. To attend, each registrant must sign up by Thursday morning and pay $30 for the session. The students of this class will “learn components of a computer, basic navigation, how to resize a window, scroll bars, Windows help and support, how to start a program and open and save a Word document,” according to the brochure provided by the Business and Industry Office.
The next course is Microsoft Excel, which will be taught thirty minutes after the Basic Computer session ends. The class will learn about “formatting, inserting formulas, enhancing, and preparing an Excel worksheet.” The deadline and cost of registration are the same as for the Basic course, and it will also be taught in Spanish.
The last computer technology course of the month will be over Google Drive, where “you can create, update, organize and save your project sheets,” according to the brochure. The course will cost $50 for three sessions; each will be from 7 to 9 p.m. July 14 through 16.
The instructor for the first two computer courses is Dinora Isidoro. She is an employee at SCCC/ATS, and her experience with computers as well as being bilingual makes her highly qualified to teach the classes.
“She’s an excellent instructor; she’s been doing it for a while. Students just love her. She does a good job all the way around,” Joy Fosdick, the Business and Industry Facilitator, said.
The instructor for the Google Drive class, which will be taught only in English, is Dustin Farmer. He is the 3-D instructor at the college, and he has taught computer classes in the past.
Each class can hold up to 20 students, the maximum for each participant to have his/her own computer to work on.
“We try to make sure everyone is at their own computer,” Fosdick said. “If I double up with someone, I’m not going to learn as much as if I have my own computer and am doing it myself. I know you can share, because I have taken computer courses where I’ve had to do that. But I’d just prefer to have my own, and I know everybody else does too.”
Although there is no age limit to who can attend the class, Fosdick does not recommend bringing in kindergartners or very young kids to take the class.
All the Business and Industry classes are non-credit, so one does not have to be enrolled at SCCC/ATS to attend these courses.
Every participant receives a handout and notes, so they can practice everything they learn during the session at home.
The Business and Industry Office decided to put together these classes to serve a growing need in the community and surrounding area.
“There are a lot of Hispanic people around, and everything is going computerized,” Fosdick said, explaining why two of the classes would be in Spanish. “If you’re going to put your application in almost anywhere, Dillon’s, Walmart, wherever, you’re going to have to put it down on a computer. The paper application is gone. There’s a lot of people who don’t know about computers, the older generation and such. And of course you have children that move away, and so to communicate with them and not run up a high phone bill, you can communicate with your computer.”
The July sessions will not be the first time they have offered computer technology classes.
“(Past classes) were pretty successful. Of course, you always have some times where you don’t have as many people as you will at another time. I think as word gets out more and more, I’m hoping and seeing that we have more students,” Fosdick said.
To register for any of the sessions, call the Business and Industry Office at 417-1173 or email Fosdick at