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Many New Technology Training Classes Begin March & April

02-26-2013

With the rapid advancements in computers, tablets, smartphones and the many applications used on them, the Technology Training area of Continuing Education at Sandhills Community College continually adds new courses to help the community understand and utilize the most popular items and apps. Many new and proven popular courses are scheduled to begin in March and April. 


Internet & Apps


A new course, “Becoming Internet Savvy,” will help you expand your surfing and searching techniques for locating information on the Internet. Topics include advanced search strategies and safe surfing tips to protect your computer and your personal identity. The prerequisite is “Windows Level 1” or prior computer experience. Instructor Darrell Kirchmann will teach on Mondays and Wednesdays, March 4-20, Noon-2 pm. The cost is $70.


Gmail is a free web-based email service from Google. It offers spam protection, lots of free storage and access via mobile phones. The free version of Gmail also includes built-in chat capabilities. In “Emailing with Gmail,” students will learn how to setup a Gmail account and how to use it effectively. The prerequisite is “Windows Level 1” or prior computer experience. Instructor David Bartlett will teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 19-April 4, 8:30-11 am. The cost is $60.


The terms “Cloud Computing” or “Cloud” are metaphors for the Internet. By using cloud computing, you gain access at any time through any device via an Internet connection to your files, folders, and/or software. In our new course, “Welcome to Cloud Computing,” students will learn what cloud computing is, how it works, the pros and cons, and much more. The prerequisite is “Windows 7: Level 1” or prior computing experience. Instructor Darrell Kirchmann will teach on Monday and Wednesday, April 8-10, Noon-3 pm. The cost is $20.


Skype is the leading video chat software used for communicating with friends and relatives all over the world. Our new course, “Skype Video Chat Essentials,” will teach students how to setup and use live video and sound, to see and talk to someone across the street or on the other side of the globe. Also covered will be ways of optimizing video camera and microphone settings to make the Skype experience the best it can be. An actual setup and connection will be created in class. Anyone with a computer, smartphone, or iPad has the ability to Skype. The prerequisite is “Windows Level 1” or prior computer experience and Internet use. Instructor Michael Turner will teach on Monday and Wednesday, March 4-6, 3:30-6 pm. The cost is $20.


Videography


“Creating and Editing Movies on your iPad/iPhone using iMovie App” is another new class. It will teach students how to create a polished, professional movie with ease by using editing software specifically tailored for use on IOS devices. Topics include: capturing video, creating, assembling, editing and sharing videos. Limited number of iPads can be provided to students or students may bring their own iPad (compatible with iPad 2, 3rd or 4th generation and iPad mini) to class with the latest operating system installed (IOS 6) and purchased iMovie ( The cost is $4.99) app found in the app store. Students who have an iPhone 4, 4S or 5 and/or iPod Touch 4th & 5th generation can also benefit from this course. Please make sure the latest IOS and iMovie is installed and updated. The prerequisites are “Getting to Know your iPad” and “Going Further with your iPad.” Instructor Michael Turner will offer this class on Friday, March 15, 11:30-5 pm. The cost is $20.


YouTube is the No. 1 video sharing Web site in the world. Every day millions of users upload and view videos on YouTube. Our new course, “Mastering YouTube,” will teach students how to create an account, set up a YouTube channel, upload videos to the account, and select favorite videos. The prerequisite is “Windows Level 1” or prior computer experience and Internet use. Instructor Michael Turner will teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 11-25, Noon-3 pm. The cost is $65.


Photography


“Using Adobe Photoshop Elements” will teach students to modify and enhance images, create composite images and successfully print. The prerequisite is Windows Level 1 or prior computer experience. Instructor Phillip Laton will teach on Tuesday s and Thursdays, April 4-May 14, 6-8 pm. The cost is $70.


“Taking and Editing Photos using your iPad and using the iPhoto App” is another new course. Students will learn to organize, edit, and share photos on Apples iPad using the iPhoto app found in the App store. Limited number of iPads can be provided to students or students may bring their own iPad (compatible with iPad 2, 3rd, 4th generation and iPad mini) to class with the latest operating system installed (IOS 6) and purchased iPhoto ( The cost is $4.99) app found in the app store. Students who have an iPhone 4, 4S or 5 and/or iPod Touch 4th & 5th generation can also benefit from this course. Please make sure the latest IOS and iPhoto is installed and updated. The prerequisite is “Getting to Know your iPad” and “Going Further with your iPad.” Instructor Michael Turner will teach this on Friday, April 19, 11:30-5 pm. The cost is $20.


Graphics


General Images Manipulation Program (GIMP) is a free graphic editor. In our new course, “GIMP,” students will learn to create graphics and logos, resize and crop photos, change colors, combine images using layer paradigm, remove unwanted image features, and convert between different image formats. The prerequisite is “Windows Level 1” or prior computer experience. Instructor Phillip Laton will offer GIMP on Mondays and Wednesdays, April 3-17, 9-Noon. The cost is $70


Computer Maintenance/Networking


Whether a computer’s operating system is XP, Vista or 7, maintenance is similar. “Computer Maintenance” will teach proper techniques to keep computers running smoothly. Basic computer knowledge is necessary and the prerequisite is “Windows 7: Level 1.” Instructor Richard Kuehl will teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 5-12, 9-11:30 am. The cost is $40 


“Establishing a Home and Small Business Network” will teach how to share high-speed Internet connection with multiple users by installing a wireless router. Gain an understanding of how a wireless signal is broadcasted, how to configure security options, enabling file sharing between computers and more. The prerequisite is “Windows Level 1” or prior computer experience. Instructor Gary Krasicky will offer this class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 5-21, 4-6 pm. The cost is $70.


Macintosh


Another new course, “iLife ’11: iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand” will teach the many features of iLife suite, the digital authoring tools that comes with every Apple computer. Topics include: organizing and sharing photos, creating and sharing videos and soundtracks, producing movies, picture books, podcasts and more. 

The prerequisite is “Using your Mac Computer.” Instructor Michael Turner will teach on Mondays and Wednesdays, March 11-April 29, 4-6:30 pm. The cost is $125 plus a textbook.


Registration


For questions or to register by telephone, call (910) 695-3980 Phone registration requires payment with Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. Walk-in registration is at the Continuing Education office located on the first floor of Van Dusen Hall during the scheduled hours of operation. If textbooks are required, they are available in the Logan Bookstore located in the Dempsey Student Center. View the entire spring semester schedule by following the link to Continuing Education at www.sandhills.edu.


 
 
 
 
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