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Many of our popular classes fill up quickly and registering early will assure you have a seat. All classes are held in room 5 at Coronado Community Center unless stated otherwise in the descriptions below.

Registration Fees:

See class descriptions for fees. Join CCHSV at the class (includes all members of the household) and get the member rate immediately.

Payment of Fee:

Fees are payable at the class. Make your check payable to Computer Club of HSV. If you are not a member, you may join the Club at the clas and get the membership discount immediately.

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Register online for CLASSES by clicking the Register Here Button.

How Do Our Classes Work?

Click on the Register button below. You will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours of registration. If you do not receive this email, contact the Registrar.

If the class is full, you will be put on the wait list. An email will be sent to you advising you of this status. If an opening comes up, you will be switched from the wait list to registered, and an email will be sent advising you of the change of status.

A reminder email will be sent around 5 days prior to the class. If you cannot come to the class, please let us know ASAP.

Fees are paid when you come to the class. Do not pay in advance. Please pay by check. If you must pay in cash, please have the correct amount as we keep very little money for change.

The Club furnishes a laptop for each student unless otherwise specified in the class description. There is only one student per laptop, so you do not have to share.

We have one assistant per two students giving you individual help.

You will receive a class handout prepared by the instructor.

If you bring a flash drive, we will download the class handout along with other documentation pertaining to the class subject.

For questions or information or to cancel your registration, call Alicia at 501-260-8468 or email Registrar.


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Introduction to Computers
Windows Essentials Series
Protecting Your Computer and Data
Organizing Your Photos and Documents
Easy Photo Editing With Picasa
Basic Excel Spreadsheet


Introduction to Computers


Instructor: Bill Evans
Fee: $12 Member / $20 Non-member
1:00-4:00, Tuesday, February 2 Class has been held.

Prerequisites: For new computer users.

This course is designed as a "hands-on" lab for the individual who is just beginning to use Windows Operating Systems. The student will learn how to properly use the "mouse" to move, cut, copy, paste and delete files/folders and to "drag and drop." The student will also be able to use the left and right mouse functions and explain capabilities of each.

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Windows Essentials Series


Instructor: Rob Tillotson
Fee: $20 Member / $30 Non-member

This series is being taught twice. Sign up for one set of series only.

Part 1: 1:00-3:00, Tuesday, February 11 Class has been held.
Part 2: 1:00-3:00, Monday, February 15 Class has been held.

Part 1: 1:00-3:00, Thursday, March 10 Class has been held.
Part 2: 1:00-3:00, Tuesday, March 15 Class has been held.

Part 1: 1:00-3:00, Thursday, April 6 Class is full. You will be put on wait list.
Part 2: 1:00-3:00, Tuesday, April 14 Class is full. You will be put on wait list.

Part 1: 1:00-3:00, Tuesday, April 19 Class is full. You will be put on wait list.
Part 2: 1:00-3:00, Wednesday, April 20 Class is full. You will be put on wait list.

Prerequisites: Successful completion and/or equivalent knowledge of basic computer skills.

This is a two-part course designed to give the new Windows user the necessary information to effectively use his/her computer's Windows operating system. It is also designed to show those contemplating upgrading to a Windows 10 computer what to expect in the new system. It will show the uses of Microsoft's new user interface and changes to Windows system components. The student will see that the newer, faster and more transparent system is similar to the old ones but better. Major apps in the Start menu will be discussed. Changes to the utilities you are used to are also highlighted. Differences from windows 7 and 8 are pointed out when necessary. The student should be able to productively use the three latest Operating Systems after the course.

The desktop and major system tools will be covered thoroughly so the student will be able to get the best use from them and be better prepared for the other Windows course offerings. Some of the settings sys-tem tools will be covered more thoroughly in this series. It is important to attend both sessions in the series to get full coverage. Bring your questions and we will try to work them into the series. This course is a must for all but the expert users.

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Protecting Your Computer and Data

Instructor: Derrell Dean
Fee: $12 Member / $20 Non-member
1:00-4:00, Thursday, April 7

Prerequisites: Successful completion and/or equivalent knowledge of basic computer skills, and managing files and folders.

Students will learn new techniques to maintain and enhance computer performance, accelerating the system startup configuration to modifying security settings and working with various types of software updates. Additional backup procedures will be demonstrated and insight into the maze of virus and spyware protection products and will also be covered.

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Organizing Your Photos and Documents


Instructor: Bill Evans
Fee: $12 Member / $20 Non-member
1:00-4:00, Tuesday, February 16 Class has been held.

Prerequisites: Successful completion and/or equivalent knowledge of basic computer skills, and managing files and folders.

Attendees will explore the concepts of creating, saving, locating, and managing files and folders on their computer. Utilizing the navigation capabilities of Windows Explorer, students will sort, group, manage files/folders in the user libraries, and managing the various file types within the documents, pictures, public and e-mail files and folders.

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Easy Photo Editing with Picasa Class


Instructor: Renee Steinpreis
Fee: $12 Member / $20 Non-member
1:00-4:00, Tuesday, April 5

Prerequisites: Successful completion and/or equivalent knowledge of basic computer skills, and managing files and folder sand Digital Cameras and Basic Photo Editing.

This class will use the free software Picasa to help students learn how to quickly organize and edit your photos with the greatest of ease. Students will use CCHSV Class computers and the photos that are available for the class so that all are working on the same project. We will also learn various ways to share the photos, from collages to posting on the internet with Google+. This class is for those who love inexpensive simplicity and ease with photo editing.

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Basic Excel Spreadsheet


Instructor: Rob Tillotson
Fee: $12 Member / $20 Non-member
1:00-4:00, Tuesday, April 26

Prerequisites: Successfully demonstrated knowledge and/or successful completion of the following courses: Introduction to Computers and Windows Essentials.

This course introduces electronic spreadsheets. Spreadsheets have been used (mostly in financial areas) for many years before there were computers. The advent of electronic spreadsheet programs caused an explosion in the types of data you can keep track of and the ways you can manipulate that data. This basic course will show you how to create a spreadsheet for a number of common uses. The entering and formatting of data and the use of formulas to work with data will be demonstrated. The student will learn that data is not just numbers and that the spreadsheet can make keeping track of many things easier.

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Safe Internet Searching Fundamentals
Facebook
Social Media
Google Drive As a Free Alternative to Microsoft Office
Android Basics for Phones and Tablets
Introduction to the Use of iPhones and iPads
Kindle Fire

Safe Internet Searching Fundamentals


Instructor: Dennis Simpson
Fee: $12 Member / $20 Non-member
1:00-4:00, Thursday, February 4 Class has been held.

Prerequisites: Successful completion and/or equivalent knowledge of basic computer skills.

As an IT tech the most common question I am asked on a regular basis is where did all that stuff come from the simple answer you downloaded it, the Internet has become booby trapped with hundreds of ways and thousands of fake websites designed to mislead you in the clicking on the wrong thing for the monetary gain of someone else. We will be addressing how to safe surf, recognize a booby trap site and how to be a bet-ter smarter consumer of data.

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Facebook


Instructor: Dennis Simpson
Fee: $12 Member / $20 Non-member
1:00-4:00, Monday, February 22 Class has been held.

Prerequisites: Bring your own device, email address and passwords.

Facebook demographics have changed drastically. The (new) majority of people on Facebook are now over 50. Once thought of as a teen only social site, it has changed the social world. We will create and modify a profile, and search for friends and companies. Sharing pictures, manners and needed etiquette will be stressed. Important safety and privacy settings in Facebook will be displayed. Let's find the right one for you and your new social profile.

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Social Media

Instructor: Dennis Simpson
Fee: $12 Member / $20 Non-member
1:00-4:00, Thursday, March 31

Prerequisites: Bring your own device, email address and passwords.

#what’s-this-mean? Social Media can be a jungle - Hashtags, Twitters, Tweets and Pins. We will cover it all in an OVERVIEW of Social Media,how they work together and how you can be “connected” AND Secure. Products covered in this session: Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn and associated.

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Google Drive As a Free Alternative to Microsoft Office


Instructor: Larry Wilson
Fee: $12 Member / $20 Non-member
1:00-4:00, Thursday, March 3 Class has been held.

Prerequisite: Attendees should be able to copy and paste, import and export documents, upload and download documents, and understand basic toolbars.

This class is an introduction to the power of Google. If you have ever wanted to see what Google can do for you, this class is your chance to find out more about Google. You will learn how to:

Do not be left out of "Google World." It is like shopping at Walmart.

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Android Basics for Phones and Tablets


Instructor: Derrell Dean
Fee: $12 Member / $20 Non-member
1:00-4:00, Wednesday, March 16 Class has been held.

Prerequisite: Bring your own device, email address and passwords.

A beginner's class about the Android operating system as used in phones. You will explore the Android user interface and learn how to configure and optimize your phone. We will discuss phone resources, power savings options and external storage possibilities. We will examine the apps that provide the phone functionality to your Android device (phone, contacts and messaging). Learn to manage contacts and use them to simplify phone and messaging options. You will learn how to use the Play Store to locate and install and uninstall applications.

This class will focus on Android v4.4.1 (KitKat). Questions concerning other versions can be addressed during the hands-on lab period. Students are encouraged to bring their fully charged personal tablets to the class.

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Introduction to the Use of iPhone and iPad


Instructor: Renee Steinpreis
Fee: $12 Member / $20 Non-member
1:00-4:00, Wednesday, March 2 Class has been held.

Prerequisites: Bring your own device, email address and passwords.

New to iPhone or iPad? Wonder what the buttons mean and what they do? Where are all the things hiding that I can do with this mobile device? What do the settings mean, where are they, and how can I or should I change them? If you have these questions, this class is for you. It will cover basic information about and how to navigate your new Apple Mobile device.

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Kindle Fire

Fee: $12 Member / $20 Non-member

Instructors: Erwin Hoeft and David Kirsch
1:00-4:00, Thursday, April 28

The class will be a "deeper dive" than what is discussed in the help class. We will review some of the same materials like which models of fire to purchase and why, but also how to properly use and maintain the device. Go over many of the things we use the kindle fire for like e-reading, email, Amazon music, Amazon videos, tie-ins to the Firestick and Roku, and any thing else our students have questions on.