Computer classes at Archuleta County Education Center


    By Lynell Wiggers

    Special to The SUN

    In this day and age you need some computer skills, even if you are a stay-at-home mom or grandparent.

    All of that can be very overwhelming; it’s very similar to learning a foreign language.

    Archuleta County Education Center to the rescue: We have several classes slated for this fall that can assist everyone from novices to advanced computer users.

    We just completed our first in the lineup — Intro to Computers — a two-session class that covered all the very basics about your home computer. Topics covered were foundational information on hardware, software and operations, including all Window platforms.

    Next in our fall lineup will be a one-session class, Intro to Outlook Calendar. This handy piece of software will teach you how to organize your life on your computer or SmartPhone. It will be offered Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 6-8 p.m. Pre-registration is required; cost is $50.

    On Sept. 22, we will hold an all-day workshop, Intro to QuickBooks, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will help you become familiar with the diversity of QuickBooks, a commonly used software in most office settings that can be of great value at home, as well. Pre-registration is required; cost is $75.

    The following Saturday, Sept. 29, the center will offer an Advanced QuickBooks class. In order to be successful in this class, you will need to be a current QuickBooks user, or complete our “Intro to QuickBooks” class and have bookkeeping knowledge. Again, pre-registration is required; cost is $75.

    A certified QuickBooks instructor, Betty Woollard, will teach both classes and will include a QuickBooks manual for each student.

    Intro to Excel will be offered Oct. 1, 3, 8 and 10, from 6-8 p.m. each evening. This four-session class will use Windows XP, Microsoft 7. Basic keyboarding skills are required. We will have you create worksheets, workbooks, enter data, copy, and move data, manipulate columns and rows, create simple formulas, format cells, and cover automatic filling data. Pre-registration is required; cost is $100. A follow-up class in Advanced Excel will take place Nov. 5 and 7, from 6-8 p.m. You will need to have previous Excel knowledge or have completed our Intro to Excel class. This two-session class will cover filtering, working with charts, search features, mail merge and advanced formulas. Pre-registration is required; cost is $50. Pat Attanasio will be the instructor.

    Another favorite class is Intro to Word, offered on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m.-noon. We will use Windows XP, Microsoft 2010. We will show you how to start and exit Word, use menus and tool bars, work with files, create documents, manipulate, edit/format text and print files. Please pre-register; cost is $50. Pat Attanasio will be the instructor.

    Publisher will be a one-session class on Nov. 10, from 9 a.m.-noon. We will help you design brochures, cards, insert photographs, create invitations and party games. You will learn how to use textboxes, backgrounds and images — just in time for holiday greetings for your family or business. Pre-register; cost is $50.

    We also hope to offer a Social Networking class and are currently gathering information and instructors for this fun course.

    All of our classes have our PC computers available or you are welcome to bring your laptop and use our wireless setup during class sessions.

    If you have questions, visit our website at, call us at 264-2835 or stop by our site located at the corner of 4th and Lewis streets.