Technology

Program Description

Lifelong Learner Class: Designed for anyone 55 years or better, but all learners are welcome. 

Teachers can earn PD Hours:  Black Hawk College’s Professional & Continuing Education (PaCE) and the Rock Island County Regional Office of Education (RIROE) have partnered to offer a variety of classes both online and in the classroom to help you enhance your professional development.
To obtain PD Hours for a chosen class, teachers need to contact Julie at the RIROE (309-736-1111) to obtain approval. The processing fee for PD hours is $25 and is payable to the RIROE. Go to: www.bhc.edu/teachers for more information.

Lab Rental: Labs are available with Microsoft Office 2013 and 2016, Windows 7, Windows 10, and Internet. Call Barb at 309-796-8244 or email courvilleb@bhc.edu for more details.

Classes that meet from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. will break for a 30-minute lunch (on your own.)


Available Classes: 


Getting Started with Your Computer Workshop  (Lifelong Learner class)
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck

Level 0 – If you own a computer or are considering purchasing one, this class will provide you with some basics. You will learn terminology, hardware vs. software and the components of a computer. You will turn on and shut down the computer, learn about various storage devices and media, as well as practice operating the mouse. Become familiar with the keyboard and get acquainted with the Windows concept. You will use the Start Menu and open a program.

Windows 10
1 Monday               Sept. 10                           8:30 a.m. – Noon
CRN 81259           Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $49

1 Monday               Jan. 14                             8:30 a.m. – Noon
CRN 11017           BHC ALC – Rm. 111         Fee $49
(Registration for this class begins Nov. 6)

Windows 7
1 Monday              Nov. 26                            8:30 a.m. – Noon
CRN 81260           BHC ALC – Rm. 112         Fee $49


Windows for Beginners Workshop  (Lifelong Learner class)

Prerequisite: Getting Started with Your Computer Workshop or equivalent experience

Level 0 – Learn basic Microsoft Windows skills including how to identify parts of a window and how to manipulate windows and the taskbar. Learn how to see how much space you have available on your hard drive. You will use menus, Help and Support, the calculator, save to a flash drive, open a basic word processing program (WordPad), create a letter, print it and save the file. A reference guide is included in the fee. Please bring a USB flash drive to class.

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Windows 10

1 Monday             Aug. 13                            8:30 a.m. – Noon
CRN 81059         BHC ALC – Rm. 111         Fee $49

1 Monday             Sept. 17                           8:30 a.m. – Noon
CRN 81261         Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $49

1 Monday             Jan. 28                             8:30 a.m. – Noon
CRN 11018         BHC ALC – Rm. 111         Fee $49
(Registration for this class begins Nov. 6)

Windows 7
1 Monday             Dec. 3                               8:30 a.m. – Noon
CRN 81262          BHC ALC – Rm. 112          Fee $49

 

Instructor: D. Jeffries
Windows 10
1 Tuesday             Sept. 18                           1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
CRN 81263         CEC – Rm. 106                 Fee $49


Computer Basics (Teachers can earn PD Hours)
Instructor: M. DeGrauwe

Level 0 – Learn how to log into and shut down your computer correctly, minimize and maximize your program windows, and navigate/arrange program commands on the Start menu. You will find files, utilize the toolbar, save files and much more. A Windows 10 reference guide is included in the fee.

Windows 10
4 Mondays           Nov. 19 – Dec. 10         5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81264         Outreach – Rm. 402      Tuition Fee $85

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Organizing Your Files and Folders   (Lifelong Learner class)
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck

Prerequisite: Basic Windows skills

Level 1 – Organize your computer files by creating folders, moving and copying files into folders and creating shortcuts. If you know the basics of Windows 10 and are eager to learn more, this session will expand your Windows 10 knowledge.

1 Monday             Aug. 20                            8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
CRN 81060         BHC ALC – Rm. 111         Fee $25

1 Monday             Oct. 22                             8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
CRN 81265          Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $25

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Cleaning Up Your Computer  (Lifelong Learner class)
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck

Level 1-You know how to use your computer but do you know how to maintain it to keep it running? Have you crashed your computer? Or perhaps have been on the internet and stored too many temp files? This class will teach you how to keep your computer up and running by defragging, cleaning up temporary internet files and cookies, and checking your disk space.

1 Monday             Aug. 20                            10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
CRN 81061         BHC ALC – Rm. 112          Fee $25

1 Monday             Oct. 22                             10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
CRN 81266         Outreach – Rm. 402           Fee $25

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Moving to Windows 10

Prerequisite: Experience with Windows XP OR Windows 7 OR Windows 8/8.1

Level 1 – Are you already familiar with a previous version of Windows but need help with Windows 10? Learn to work your way through this operating system. This session will demonstrate the features making it easy to follow and understand. A Windows 10 reference guide is included in the fee.

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
1 Monday           Oct. 1             8:30 – 11:30 a.m. (Lifelong Learner class)
CRN 81267        Outreach – Rm. 402               Fee $40

 

Instructor: M. DeGrauwe
1 Monday         Nov. 5      5:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Teachers can earn PD hrs.)
CRN 81268     Outreach – Rm. 402                  Fee $40

1 Monday         Jan. 28      5:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Teachers can earn PD hrs.)
CRN 11019     Outreach – Rm. 402                  Fee $40
(Registration for this class begins Nov. 6)

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Facebook Workshop  (Lifelong Learner class)
Instructor: D. Jeffries

Level 1 – Find friends and relatives, join interest groups, send messages, and write on your friends “timelines.” Set up a Facebook account in class and learn how to secure it with the proper privacy settings. If you have an email account, please bring to class your email address and password to access your web mail.

2 Tuesdays             Oct. 2 – Oct. 9               2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
CRN 81269           CEC – Rm. 106               Fee $55

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Holiday Mailing  (Lifelong Learner class)
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck

Prerequisite: Word skills

Level 2 – Using the mail merge feature in Word, learn how to create letters, labels and envelopes to send to all of your family and friends. Use the skills you gain in this class to send a holiday mailing, a reunion mailing and more. You may bring your handwritten or computerized address book to class. Please bring a USB flash drive to save your files.

2 Mondays             Oct. 29 – Nov. 5            8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
CRN 81270           Outreach – Rm. 402       Fee $55

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Emailing Workshop  (Lifelong Learner class)
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck

Level 1 – Whether you would like to learn what email is or you are interested in utilizing it more, this class will explore the basics. We will cover understanding email addresses, how to send, save and forward messages, and how to send and receive a document, photo, or link. If you have an email account, please bring to class your email address and password to access your web mail.

1 Monday              Dec. 10                            8:30 a.m. – Noon
CRN 81271           BHC ALC – Rm. 112         Fee $49

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Pinterest Workshop  (Lifelong Learner class)
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck

Level 1 – What’s all the talk about Pinterest? This class will show you why there are more than 50 million users. Pinterest is a tool for collecting and organizing the things that interest and inspire you. You can easily organize information and photos of ideas for events, crafts, home decorating, fashion, hobbies, travel, recipes and more. Learn how to “pin” items to the “boards” you create. Join us and spark your creativity.

1 Monday              Aug. 27                            8:30 a.m. – Noon
CRN 81062           BHC ALC – Rm. 112        Fee $49

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Word 101 Workshop  (Office 2013/2016)  (Lifelong Learner class)
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck

Prerequisite: Basic Windows skills

Level 1 – Using Microsoft Word, learn how to create, edit and print documents. Produce letters, family stories, newsletters and minutes for meetings. You will learn how to edit text, cut, copy and paste, create tables and bulleted lists, use spell check, and more. Please bring a USB flash drive to class.

1 Monday              Oct. 15                             8:30 a.m. – Noon
CRN 81272           Outreach – Rm. 402           Fee $49

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Word Level 1  (Office 2013/2016)  (Teachers can earn PD Hours)

Prerequisite: Windows skills.

Creating a new document and opening an existing document. Some of the topics that are covered include:  cutting/copying and pasting text, modifying a font size, formatting and aligning paragraphs, indenting paragraphs, adding numbers or bullets to text, inserting dates and symbols, changing the document margins, switching document views, running the spelling checker or grammar checker, and printing a document. A workbook is included in the fee.

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
1 Tuesday               Sept. 4                             8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CRN 81273           Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $89

1 Tuesday              Nov. 6                              8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CRN 81277           BHC ALC – Rm. 111         Fee $89

 

Instructor: D. Jeffries
1 Tues./1 Thurs.     Oct. 16 – Oct. 18            2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
CRN 81275           CEC – Rm. 106               Fee $89

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Word Level 2  (Office 2013/2016)  (Teachers can earn PD Hours)
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck

Prerequisite: Word Level 1 or Introduction to Word skills.

Create impressive documents using: styles and themes, tabs, headers and footers, tables, graphics including pictures, clipart and SmartArt, newspaper-style columns, watermarks and more. A workbook is included in the fee.

1 Tuesday               Sept. 11                           8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CRN 81276           Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $89

1 Tuesday              Nov. 13                            8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CRN 81274           BHC ALC – Rm. 111         Fee $89

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Microsoft Word  (Office 2013/2016)  (Teachers can earn PD Hours)
Instructor: M. DeGrauwe

Prerequisite:  Windows skills and keyboarding skills

Level 1 – You know how to do the basics using Word but you want to learn more.   Take advantage of these classes by selecting the topics that you want to learn.

Option A
Covered topics:  Highlighting text, using bold and italics, modifying font size, formatting paragraphs, modifying line spacing, indenting, changing margins, paper size and vertical alignment, and inserting a manual page break.

1 Monday               Sept. 24                           5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81279           Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $25

Option B
Covered topics:  Using the Quick Styles Gallery, selecting themes, editing styles, changing AutoFormat options, setting AutoCorrect options, and creating/deleting templates.

1 Monday              Oct. 1                               5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81280           Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $25

Option C
Covered topics: Using numbers and bullets, inserting dates and symbols, setting/deleting/clearing tabs, creating a leader tab, and using section breaks.

1 Monday              Oct. 15                             5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81281           Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $25

Option D
Covered topics: Using newsletter-style columns, creating a table, converting existing text into a table, inserting rows/columns into a table, and distributing columns and rows evenly.

1 Monday              Oct. 22                             5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81282           Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $25

Option E
Covered topics: Working with headers and footers, inserting graphics, positioning a picture, and creating WordArt objects.

1 Monday              Oct. 29                             5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81283           Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $25

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Excel 101 Workshop  (Office 2013/2016)  (Lifelong Learner class)
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck

Prerequisite: Basic Windows skills

Level 1 – Learn the basics of how to use the spreadsheet program Microsoft Excel. You can create a home inventory, enter your address book, track monthly expenses, balance a checkbook, and more. Learn how to enter data, add and average numbers, write simple formulas, and format text and numbers. Please bring a USB flash drive to class.

1 Monday               Sept. 24                                 8:30 a.m. – Noon
CRN 81284           Outreach – Rm. 402                Fee $49

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Excel Level 1  (Office 2013/2016)  (Teachers can earn PD Hours)

Prerequisite: Windows skills.

Microsoft Excel is an important spreadsheet application that is essential for use at home and at work. Some of the topics that are covered include: creating and saving a new workbook, working with ranges, creating simple formulas, copying and moving data, formatting numbers and text, formatting cells, working with columns and rows, using page setup, printing, and using templates.  A workbook is included in the fee.

Instructor: E. Duffy
3 Tuesdays             Sept. 4 – Sept. 18            5:45 – 8:15 p.m.
CRN 81285           Outreach – Rm. 402        Tuition Fee $85

3 Tuesdays             Jan. 22 – Feb. 5                5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 11020           BHC ALC – Rm. 111       Tuition Fee $85
(Registration for this class begins Nov. 6)

 

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
1 Thursday            Aug. 16                            8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CRN 81063           BHC ALC – Rm. 111        Tuition Fee $97

1 Tuesday              Oct. 9                               8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CRN 81286           Outreach – Rm. 402          Tuition Fee $97

1 Tuesday               Jan. 15                             8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CRN 11021           BHC ALC – Rm. 111         Tuition Fee $97
(Registration for this class begins Nov. 6)

 

Instructor: D. Jeffries
1 Tues./1Thurs.       Sept. 25 – Sept. 27            1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
CRN 81287           CEC – Rm. 106                 Fee $79

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Excel Level 2  (Office 2013/2016)  (Teachers can earn PD Hours)

Prerequisite: Excel Level 1 or Introduction to Excel skills.

Enhance and develop your spreadsheet skills. Customize the Ribbon, use advanced formulas, create 3-D formulas across multiple worksheets, move, copy and color code worksheet tabs, sort and filter data, name ranges, create charts, insert graphics and more. A workbook is included in the fee.

Instructor: E. Duffy
3 Tuesdays             Sept. 25 – Oct. 9           5:45 – 8:15 p.m.
CRN 81288           Outreach – Rm. 402      Tuition Fee $85

 

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
1 Tuesday              Aug. 28                            8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CRN 81064           BHC ALC – Rm. 111        Tuition Fee $97

1 Tuesday              Oct. 16                             8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CRN 81289           Outreach – Rm. 402          Tuition Fee $97

1 Tuesday               Jan. 22                             8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CRN 11022           BHC ALC – Rm. 111         Tuition Fee $97
(Registration for this class begins Nov. 6)

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Excel Level 3  (Office 2013/2016)  (Teachers can earn PD Hours)

Prerequisite: Excel Level 2 skills or Intermediate Excel skills.

Level 2 – Further develop your Excel expertise by learning how to: create and revise Pivot Tables, record macros and create shortcut buttons, use advanced chart features, export and import data , outline and subtotal data, work with tables, make and track comments, create conditional formatting, use advanced functions including LOOKUP and nested IF formulas, password protect worksheets or cells and more! A workbook is included in the fee.

Instructor: E. Duffy
3 Tuesdays             Oct. 16 – Oct. 30          5:45 – 8:15 p.m.
CRN 81290           Outreach – Rm. 402      Tuition Fee $85

 

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
1 Thursday            Aug. 30                            8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CRN 81065           BHC ALC – Rm. 111        Tuition Fee $97

1 Tuesday              Oct. 23                            8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CRN 81291           Outreach – Rm. 402          Tuition Fee $97

1 Tuesday               Jan. 29                             8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CRN 11023           BHC ALC – Rm. 111         Tuition Fee $97
(Registration for this class begins Nov. 6)

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Publisher  (Office 2013/2016)  (Teachers can earn PD Hours)
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck

Prerequisite: Word skills.

Level 1 – Use Publisher’s templates and design elements to create professional looking marketing materials such as fliers, newsletters, brochures, business cards, letterhead and more! A reference guide is included in the fee.

1 Tuesday               Sept. 25                           8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CRN 81293           Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $89


PowerPoint  (Office 2013/2016)  (Teachers can earn PD hrs.)
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck

Prerequisite: Word skills.

Level 1 – Learn basic skills in creating a presentation using templates; formatting and editing text; preparing and printing outlines, handouts and speaker notes; adding special effects of sound and animation; inserting graphics and tables; using transitions and timing; and running slide shows. A reference guide is included in the fee.

1 Tuesday               Sept. 18                           8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CRN 81292           Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $89

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Access (Parts 1-3)  (Office 2013/2016)  (Teachers can earn PD Hours)
Instructor:  E. Duffy

Level 2 – This series will teach what you need to know to work with an existing database or create one of your own. By the end of the series, you will know how to create and work with tables, queries, forms and reports.  A workbook is included in the fee for each class.

Part 1

Prerequisite: Windows, Microsoft Office Word and Excel, and an understanding of a database.

Learn to create and work with tables, the foundation of your database. Specific skills to be covered include: creating tables, editing and modifying tables, setting field properties, finding and filtering data, creating relationships, using simple queries, and printing data.

1 Wednesday      Sept. 19                        8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CRN 81294        Outreach – Rm. 402      Fee $89

Part 2

Prerequisite: Access Part 1 skills

Learn to make your data work for you. Take this class to learn to make more sophisticated queries, forms and reports. Specific skills to be covered include: creating action queries; manipulating controls; using design view, editing tools and sub-forms; and creating a PivotTable.

1 Wednesday      Sept. 26                        8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CRN 81295        Outreach – Rm. 402      Fee $89

Part 3

Prerequisite: Access Part 2 skills

Don’t miss this class that pulls everything together. You have made the tables, queries, forms and reports, now automate them and learn tricks to make them work better. This class shows all the things Access has to offer to someone who has Part 1 and 2 skills. It also includes time for questions about your own database. Specific topics to be covered include: analyzing tables, exporting data to Excel and Word, using advanced query wizards, using charts, working with ActiveX controls and indexes, replicating databases, using Access and the Internet, creating and using macros and switchboards.

1 Wednesday         Oct. 3                             8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CRN 81296           Outreach – Rm. 402         Fee $89

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Buying on eBay
Instructor: Staff

Prerequisite: Windows skills and an existing email account are required.

Level 1 – Learn how to find your way through eBay. Browse for bargains, understand how to bid, learn bidding strategies and why use Buy It Now. After you are notified that you’re the winner, what’s next? How do you pay, what is PayPal, is there insurance, what if your item doesn’t meet expectations and what about privacy?

2 Wednesdays        Sept. 26 – Oct. 3           5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81297           Outreach – Rm. 402      Fee $40

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Selling on eBay
Instructor: Staff

Prerequisite: Windows skills and an existing email account are required.

Level 1 – Turn items from your attic and basement into cash using this online auction site. This fun, informative hands-on computer class will teach you how to put your unwanted items up for sale on eBay. Some experience with eBay is helpful for this class.

3 Wednesdays       Oct. 10 – Oct. 24          5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81298           Outreach – Rm. 402      Fee $49

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iPad: Beginner  (Teachers can earn PD Hours)

Level 1 – Are you unsure how to use your iPad? Learn the basics of using your device from settings to apps.  Understand your Home Screen. Learn how to use the Internet, how to add contacts, how to set up an e-mail account and how to navigate the app store and iTunes. Bring your iPad to class. You should have your iPad charged and activated. You should also have created your Apple ID.

Instructor: M. DeGrauwe
1 Monday               Sept. 10                           5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81299           Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $25

 

Instructor: J. Werkheiser
1 Monday              Oct. 22                             3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
CRN 81300           CEC – Rm. 121                  Fee $25

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iPad: Intermediate  (Teachers can earn PD Hours)

Level 2 – Increase your iPad skills and knowledge through tips and tricks for using this device. Use some of the more interesting and unique applications available for iPad users. Discover FaceTime and how to make video calls with family and friends. Bring your iPad to class.

Instructor: M. DeGrauwe
1 Monday             Sept. 17                                5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81301         Outreach – Rm. 402               Fee $25

 

Instructor: J. Werkheiser
1 Monday              Oct. 29                             3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
CRN 81302           CEC – Rm. 121                  Fee $25

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Blogging for Beginners
Instructor: K. Woodward

Do you have passion or expertise? A blog can help you share it while staying connected with friends and family members, meeting like-minded people, and providing you with a creative outlet. The first session you will learn the basics of blogging and how to set up a blog. Your homework after the first session will be to set up your own blog. The second session will involve customizing your blog, developing a blog plan, generating content ideas, and increasing readership. These two sessions will equip you with the tools and planning to start a blog or take it to the next level.

2 Wednesdays        Sept. 12 – Sept. 19               5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81307           Geneseo Public Library        Fee $39

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