Community Classroom Offering Courses for Computer Certification

PLAINVIEW – The Community Classroom at Wayland Baptist University has several new offerings on the lineup for spring, including a computer certification orientation class set to begin next week.

The orientation class is slated for Feb. 28 and March 1, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. both nights at the facility, located at 708 Yonkers. Cost is $25, covering both sessions. The class provides an orientation to the technology certification program coming in the summer of 2006 to the Community Classroom.

This introductory class will provide in-depth information about becoming a certified computer and/or networking specialist, with information on the various certifications available and their purposes, benefits and qualifications. Timelines for certification completion and the course descriptions for required courses will also be provided.

The class does not obligate participants to enroll in the certification training but provides valuable information toward the process of becoming a certified computer specialist.

According to Debbie Stennett, director of Community Classroom, the certification program will fall under the continuing education program and tuition rates will be lower than for traditional university degree programs. Sam Van Hoose, assistant professor of management information systems at Wayland, will instruct the introductory class sessions as well as the certification courses.

In addition to the certification orientation sessions, the Community Classroom has several classes coming up in March. On the Computer Bytes lineup, the following courses are coming up: Microsoft Access 3, March 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Beginning Computers 1, March 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Beginning Computers 2, March 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Microsoft Word 1, March 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Word 2, March 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Word 3, March 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Word 4, March 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Word 5, March 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Word 6, March 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; and Publisher 1, March 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. All Computer Bytes courses are $15 per person and must be prepaid at the time of registration.

A two-night course on Quickbooks will be offered March 2 and 9, with a $70 fee covering the entire class. The course covers the software program and its functions of organizing and managing a business, including creating estimates and invoices, paying bills and tracking expenses and vendor data, creating reports, calculating payroll and filing and paying payroll taxes.

An additional offering of the Digital Photography class has been scheduled for March 6 and 7, with a $60 fee covering the entire course. James Hogue, assistant professor of management information systems at Wayland, will instruct the class in the basics of using a digital camera, working on photos in the computer and using them in email.

A course on using the Internet for genealogy research will round out the month, offered March 29 and 31 from 9 – 11 a.m. Veteran genealogist Angus Ott will guide participants through the process of using the Internet for collecting U.S. census data, exploring family tree web sites, using Google and other search engines, connecting to others researching your family tree and exploring family tree software programs. The course is $30 and both sessions are included.

For more information Community Classroom programs or to register for featured classes, contact Stennett at 291-3650.