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Technology Classes for Businesses and Home Users Begin in January


Course topics in Sandhills Community College’s Continuing Education Technology classes range from the most basic information for the absolute beginner to highly technical skills needed in the workplace.

Excel 2016 is Microsoft’s business oriented spreadsheet application. This course introduces spreadsheet creation, formatting, moving and copying data, relative and absolute references, formula development and basic charting techniques. A flash drive 8GB or larger is required.

Excel 2016 will be held Jan. 17 – Feb. 23 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 8 p.m. The cost is $75. 

Microsoft Outlook is a personal information manager from Microsoft, available as a part of the Microsoft Office suite. Although often used mainly as an email application, it also includes a calendar, task manager, contact manager, note taking, journal, and web browsing. It can be used as a stand-alone application, or can work with Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft SharePoint Server for multiple users in an organization, such as shared mailboxes and calendars, Exchange public folders, SharePoint lists, and meeting schedules.

Microsoft Outlook will be held Jan. 13 – Feb. 24 on Fridays from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The cost is $75 plus text. 

Quickbooks presents the fundamentals of the QuickBooks accounting application. Topics include employee file management, payroll, record keeping, and the treatment of various types of transactions. A flash drive 8GB or larger is required. Prerequisites: Windows operating system experience, knowledge of accountings principles, and using the Internet.

Quickbooks will be held Jan. 23 – Mar. 1 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 – 8 p.m. The cost is $75.

Windows 10 Level 1 covers how to navigate and use the new Windows 10 operating system. Topics include using Windows applications, computer terminology, how to use the Start Menu, and how to create, save, format, locate and print files. Students should have upgraded to Windows 10 or have a new computer with this operating system. A flash drive 8GB or larger is required.

Windows 10 Level 1 will be held Jan. 9 – Feb. 20 on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. The cost is $75.

iPad Basics will teach students to maximize your productivity using many of the applications found on your iPad. Learn to set up your Contacts, use Mail for checking and sending email, Messages to text business associates or contacts, Calendar to set up appointments, Camera for taking photos and making from the App Store. Students must bring their iPad or iPhone to class with the latest operating system (iOS) installed.

iPad Basics will meet at Jan. 9 – Feb. 20 Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. The cost is $75.

Creating a Free Website will teach students to set up a free basic website for business or personal use. Students will choose from interesting templates and will combine personal creativity along with pictures, links and content information for a finished, operational basic website. Students will also learn how to keep their website up-to-date. Prerequisites: Windows operating system experience and knowledge of using the Internet. Students must bring a flash drive to class with pre-loaded pictures for their website. A working email account is needed.

Creating a Free Website will be held Jan. 17 – Feb. 23 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 8 p.m. The cost is $75.

Photo Editing Using Photoshop Elements 14 Level 1 will teach students what is new in Elements 14, including how to create catalogs and albums, how to import and organize photos, do basic editing in the Organizer, as well as how to use the Editor’s Quick and Guided modes. Learning the basics of layers, layer mask, blends, effects and text will open up a whole new world of image editing. Images will be provided. A flash drive 8GB or larger is required. Prerequisite: a good working knowledge of computers, using a mouse or pen tablet, and file management.

Photo Editing will be held Jan. 30 – Mar. 8 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 – 3 p.m. The cost is $75. 

Intro to Computers introduces students to computer concepts, including fundamental functions and operations of the computer. Topics include identification of hardware components, basic computer operations, security issues, and use of software applications. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of computers and use the computer to solve problems. 

The cost is $185 and will be offered on a variety of days and morning times from Jan. 10 – May 4. 

Basic PC Literacy will provide an overview of computer concepts. Emphasis is placed on the use of personal computers and software applications for personal and fundamental workplace use. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate basic personal computer skills.

Basic PC Literacy will meet Jan. 9 – May 5 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 – 10 a.m. The cost is $130.

Intro to Programming and Logic will introduce computer programming and problem solving in a structured program logic environment. Topics include language syntax, data types, program organization, problem solving methods, algorithm design, and logic control structures. Upon completion, students should be able to use top down algorithm design and implement algorithmic solutions in a programming language (Python).

Intro to Programming and Logic will meet Jan. 9 – May 4, Monday – Thursday from 9 – 10 a.m. The cost is $185.

Computer Upgrade/Repair II will cover concepts of repair service, and upgrade of computers and peripherals in preparation for industry certification. Topics may include resolving resource conflicts and system bus specifications, configuration and troubleshooting peripherals, operating system configuration and optimization, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and resolve system conflicts and optimize system performance. Prerequisite: Computer Upgrade/Repair I.

Computer Upgrade/Repair II will be held Jan. 11 – May 3 on Wednesdays from 6 – 11 p.m. The cost is $185.

Customized Training for Business and Industry

The Sandhills Community College Continuing Education team can customize courses to meet the specific needs of a business or industry, provide resources to assist in developing new training initiatives, or to maintain and support current efforts. Courses can be held at convenient times for you and your staff at any SCC location, your business, or other convenient locations.

For Business and Career Training, contact Lori Degre at or (910) 695-3939. For Industrial and Technical Classes, contact Ronnie Patton at or (910) 695-3925.


Seats are still available for these classes. To register in person, stop by the Sandhills Community College Continuing Education office located on the first floor of Van Dusen Hall. You may also register by phone with a credit card at (910) 695-3980. Registration hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. 

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