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Computers Course Schedule

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Computers Course Descriptions

Blue Ridge Community College provides training on widely accepted Computer and Information Systems, such as:

  • Accounting Software
  • Apple Applications
  • ed2go
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Social Media

Cloud & Storage Concepts

Learn about cloud terminology, virtualization, storage networking and access control. Upon completion, you should be able to perform tasks related to installation, configuration and management of cloud storage systems.

Computers 101: Becoming Savvy
Develop the skills you need to effectively operate a computer. This course is designed and recommended for the new computer user. The course is slow-paced with no computer experience required and with minimal typing involved. Learn how to navigate these features: the desktop, basic word processing, spreadsheets, along with hands-on exercises for a successful learning experience. Please visit the College Bookstore to purchase the required materials before the course begins.

Computers 102: Savvy Continued
Further your journey with simple-to-understand computer concepts. Learn how to navigate the Internet, send and receive an e-mail, and upload and download safely to the Cloud. You will gain an understanding of security settings, search engines, netiquette, and emoticons. The textbook is the continuation of the Computers 101 course. You should have completed Computers 101 or have equivalent proficiency prior to registering for this course.

Computers 201: Windows 10
Let us show you how to personalize your computer by learning how and why the new features work in Windows 10. Organizing the Start screen, manipulating applications, using the Control Panel, and navigating the file system are just a few of its capabilities you will learn. This course is for individuals familiar with computers but wants to expand their knowledge. Please visit the College Bookstore to purchase the required materials before the course begins.

Introduction to Excel
Explore and learn the basics of Excel, which is one of the most powerful and popular business computer programs. You will create, format and edit basic worksheets, become comfortable with formulas and calculations, create and print basic reports. This course is paced for those who have basic computer skills, are proficient with a mouse, and have basic typing skills.

Intermediate Excel
Apply your basic Excel skills to business situations. You will summarize data and use formulas; format and analyze data using tables, charts, and graphs. The pace of this class assumes the student has basic Excel skills and is comfortable with worksheets. Pre-requisites: Basic Excel Skills.

Become Excel Power Users
Learn Excel by starting with the basics with a focus on the application of Excel skills in business situations. You will also learn to summarize and analyze data, extract presentation-quality information with the ultimate result of power user skills and making a stronger decision. You will need to bring a USB flash drive to each class and have access to MS Excel 2016 software at home or work.

Apple MacBook 101
Learn the basics of the Mac Operating System (MacOS) on your personal Apple computer. If you’re new to computers or switching from a Windows computer, this course will give you the needed skills and confidence to use your Apple laptop computer for the tasks you want to accomplish. We will cover the basics of saving files so you can find needed files quickly, using the included Apple software to keep you organized and on schedule, communicating with friends and family, and adjusting the System Preferences to better fit your personal needs. It is required that you bring your personal MacBook Air or Pro, so that you may follow along in this easy to follow, step-by-step course.

Pad 101: Getting Started
Getting started with your new iPad can be a challenge so this course takes learning slowly and patiently. Learn the basics to get you up and running from sending and receiving emails and text messages, surfing the Web, taking pictures, understanding your AppleID (iCloud) and installing apps. You will be using the online Apple User Guide for this course.

iPhone 101: Getting Started
Getting started with your new iPhone can be a challenge so this course takes learning slowly and patiently. Learn the basics to get you up and running from placing and receiving phone calls and text messages, taking pictures, understanding the AppleID (iCloud) and installing apps. You will be using the online Apple iPhone User Guide for this course.

Phone/iPad 201: Beyond the Basics
Take your understanding of the Apple iPhone and iPad to the next level. After taking either the iPhone 101 or iPad 101 course, you have gained some experience with your new Apple device and now it is time to explore more of the installed apps. Learn to use organizational features like mail, contacts, calendars, notes, and reminders to keep you on task and up to date in your busy life. Manage your photos in the Photos App. Discover how to listen to music or podcasts, watch a movie, or reading a good book right from your iPhone or iPad. Finally, learn how to synchronize all your Apple devices together by using Apple iCloud. You will be using the online Apple User Guide for this course. You should have completed iPhone 101, iPad 101 or have equivalent experience prior to registering for this course.

Manage Your Google Drive NEW
Sharpen your knowledge of Google Drive by learning how to manage the central dashboard where everything happens. You will learn to organize, store, and share your files and folders in the different categories Google Drive offers. Learn how to create and collaborate with others, search and sort your files, and understand the keyboard shortcuts to quickly access your files. This course is designed for the student who is familiar with Google Drive but wants to expand their knowledge.

Mastering Google Docs & Sheets NEW
Learn Google Drive’s online office suite by creating your own documents and spreadsheets from Google Drive’s templates. Create and save files with multiple people in different locations simultaneously. Learn how to upload and download existing files and converting your files to Google Drive’s format.

QuickBooks & Accounting Basics
Learn the basics of QuickBooks, a comprehensive accounting and financial software system used in many small- to mid-sized businesses. Gain the accounting basics in order to better understand the applications and processes in QuickBooks as well as the importance of applying these basics to any business. This course is relaxed, informative and for beginners and those who want to enhance their basic accounting and QuickBooks knowledge. Please visit the College Bookstore to purchase the required materials before the course begins.

Mobile Application Dev I
Gain the skills needed in programming technologies, design and development as it relates to mobile applications. Learn more about accessing device capabilities, industry standards, operating systems, and programming for mobile applications using an OS Software Development Kit (SDK). Upon completion, you should be able to create basic applications for Android mobile devices. 

 

Contact Us

Paula Wynn
Continuing Education Program Specialist
(828) 694-1742
pe_wynn@blueridge.edu