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 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)

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 including using the Start Menu and opening a program.

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Windows 10
1 Monday               Jan. 14                             8:30 a.m. – Noon
CRN 11017           BHC ALC – Rm. 111         Fee $49

1 Monday               Apr. 8                               8:30 a.m. – Noon
CRN 11214           Outreach – Rm. 402           Fee $49

Instructor: Staff
Windows 10
2 Wednesdays        Feb. 6 – Feb. 13                 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 11220           Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $49

2 Wednesdays        May 1 – May 8                   5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 11221           Outreach – Rm. 402          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               Jan. 28                             8:30 a.m. – Noon
CRN 11018           BHC ALC – Rm. 111         Fee $49

1 Monday               Apr. 15                            8:30 a.m. – Noon
CRN 11215           Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $49

Instructor: Staff
2 Wednesdays        Feb. 20 – Feb. 27              5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 11216           Outreach – Rm. 402         Fee $49

2 Wednesdays        May 15 – May 22              5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 50224           Outreach – Rm. 402         Fee $49
(Registration for this class begins April 2.)

Instructor: D. Jeffries
Windows 10
1 Tuesday            Feb. 12                                1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
CRN 11217         Kewanee CEC – Rm. 106      Fee $49


Organizing Your Files and Folders  (Lifelong Learner class)
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.

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
1 Monday              Mar. 4                             8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
CRN 11218           BHC ALC – Rm. 111        Fee $25

Instructor: Staff
1 Wednesday         Apr. 10                            5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 11219           Outreach – Rm. 402         Fee $25


Cleaning Up Your Computer  (Lifelong Learner class)

Level 1- Is your Windows PC slow to start up? Not sure if you need to defragment or optimize your drives? Learn how to check for low disk space and clean up all the unnecessary temporary internet files to make some room on your computer. Find out how to move files to another storage device. If you have a laptop, you may bring it with you to class, otherwise, please bring a USB flash drive.

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
1 Monday               Mar. 4                             10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
CRN 11222            BHC ALC – Rm. 111        Fee $25

Instructor: Staff
1 Wednesday        Apr. 17                             5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 11223          Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $25


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 of2 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: Staff
1 Monday               Jan. 28                             5:30 – 8:30 p.m.  (Teachers can earn PD Hours)
CRN 11019           Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $40

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
1 Monday              Feb. 11                            8:30 – 11:30 a.m.  (Lifelong Learner class)
CRN 11224           BHC ALC – Rm. 111        Fee $40

1 Monday              May 6                              8:30 – 11:30 a.m.  (Teachers can earn PD Hours)
CRN 11225           Outreach – Rm. 402         Fee $40

Instructor: D. Jeffries
1 Tuesday             Feb. 26                             1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
CRN 11226          Kewanee CEC – Rm. 106   Fee $40


Facebook Workshop  (Lifelong Learner class)

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.

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
2 Mondays             Mar. 11 – Mar. 18            8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
CRN 11228           BHC ALC – Rm. 111      Fee $55


Emailing Workshop  (Lifelong Learner class)   

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.

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
1 Monday               May 13                            8:30 a.m. – Noon
CRN 11229           Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $49


OneNote Essentials

Level 1 – In this fast-paced digital world, the need to capture ideas and to-do lists is ever present. OneNote is a free app to create digital notebooks where you can organize everything across your devices – your computer, any other PC with internet access, or even your smartphone. Jot down your ideas, keep track of notes, clip from the web, make to-do lists, insert documents, spreadsheets and more. Add pictures to your notebooks using your smartphone, organize pages into sections, and even share notebooks with others so you can all view and contribute at the same time. OneNote is great for everybody – students, families, volunteers, and professionals!

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
1 Tuesday               Apr. 23                            8:30 a.m. – Noon
CRN 11230           Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $55


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              Feb. 25                            8:30 a.m. – Noon
CRN 11231           BHC ALC – Rm. 111        Fee $49

1 Monday               Apr. 22                            8:30 a.m. – Noon
CRN 11232           Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $49


Word Level 1  (Office 2013/2016)  (Teachers can earn PD Hours)
Prerequisite: Windows skills.

Level 1 – Create basic documents using the following skills:  cutting, copying, pasting, and formatting text, aligning and indenting paragraphs, adding numbered and bulleted lists, inserting dates and symbols, changing margins, switching document views, running the spelling and grammar checker, and printing a document. A workbook is included in the fee.

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
1 Tuesday              Feb. 5                                 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CRN 11233           BHC ALC – Rm. 111           Fee $89

1 Tuesday               May 7                                8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CRN 11234           Outreach – Rm. 402            Fee $89

Instructor: D. Jeffries
1 Tues./1 Thurs.     Mar. 5 – Mar. 7                    2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
CRN 11235           Kewanee CEC – Rm. 106     Fee $89


Word Level 2   (Office 2013/2016)  (Teachers can earn PD Hours)
Prerequisite: Word Level 1 skills.

Level 2 – Take your Word skills to the next level by creating professional 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.

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
1 Tuesday              Feb. 12                            8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CRN 11236           BHC ALC – Rm. 111        Fee $89

1 Tuesday             May 14                             8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CRN 11237          Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $89


Word for Advanced Users  (Teachers can earn PD Hours)
Prerequisite: Word Level 2 skills

Level 2 – Do you already use Microsoft Word extensively but aren’t aware of the many time saving steps and features? Increase your productivity by learning shortcuts that transform your files into impressive, professional-looking documents. Learn more about styles, tabs and templates. Discover mail merge, Quick Parts and how to sort tables. Explore ways to save time and ensure that repetitious tasks are performed consistently and accurately by creating macros to perform a series of actions.

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
1 Tuesday              Feb. 19                            8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CRN 11238           BHC ALC – Rm. 111        Fee $89


Microsoft Word  (Office 2013/2016)  (Teachers can earn PD Hours)
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.

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               Feb. 11                            5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 11240           Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $20

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

1 Monday               Feb. 25                            5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 11242           Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $20

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               Apr. 8                               5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 11243           Outreach – Rm. 402           Fee $20

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

1 Monday               Apr. 15                            5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 11244           Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $20

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

1 Monday               May 6                              5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 11245           Outreach – Rm. 402          Fee $20


Excel 101 Workshop  (Office 2013/2016)  (Lifelong Learner class)
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.

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
1 Monday              Feb. 4                               8:30 a.m. – Noon
CRN 11246           BHC ALC – Rm. 111         Fee $49

 1 Monday             Apr. 29                            8:30 a.m. – Noon
CRN 11247           Outreach – Rm. 402         Fee $49


Excel Level 1  (Office 2013/2016)  (Teachers can earn PD Hours)
Prerequisite: Windows skills.

Level 1 – 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: N. VanSpeybroeck
1 Tuesday               Jan. 15                             8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CRN 11021           BHC ALC – Rm. 111         Tuition Fee $97

1 Tuesday               Apr. 2                               8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CRN 11248           Outreach – Rm. 402           Tuition Fee $97

Instructor: E. Duffy
3 Tuesdays             Jan. 22 – Feb. 5                   5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 11020           BHC ALC – Rm. 111          Tuition Fee $85

4 Tuesdays             Apr. 23 – May 14                5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 11249           Outreach – Rm. 402           Tuition Fee $89

Instructor: D. Jeffries
1 Tues./1Thurs.      Mar. 19 – Mar. 21                 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
CRN 11250           Kewanee CEC – Rm. 106     Fee $79


Excel Level 2  (Office 2013/2016)  (Teachers can earn PD Hours)
Prerequisite: Excel Level 1 skills.

Level 2 – 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: N. VanSpeybroeck
1 Tuesday               Jan. 22                             8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CRN 11022           BHC ALC – Rm. 111         Tuition Fee $97

1 Tuesday               Apr. 9                              8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CRN 11251           Outreach – Rm. 402          Tuition Fee $97

Instructor: E. Duffy
3 Tues./1 Wed.       Feb. 19, 26, 27 – Mar. 5       5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 11252           BHC ALC – Rm. 111          Tuition Fee $89


Excel Level 3  (Office 2013/2016)  (Teachers can earn PD Hours)
Prerequisite: Excel Level 2 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: N. VanSpeybroeck
1 Tuesday               Jan. 29                             8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CRN 11023           BHC ALC – Rm. 111         Tuition Fee $97

1 Tuesday               Apr. 16                            8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CRN 11253           Outreach – Rm. 402          Tuition Fee $97

Instructor: E. Duffy
4 Tuesdays             Mar. 26 – Apr. 16              5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 11254           BHC ALC – Rm. 111        Tuition Fee $89


PowerPoint  (Office 2013/2016)  (Teachers can earn PD Hours)
Prerequisite: Word skills.

Level 1 – Microsoft PowerPoint is the best presentation software for meetings, industry talks, business proposals, and more. Create simple slideshows or complex multimedia displays. Class content includes: using templates; formatting and editing text; preparing and printing outlines, handouts, and speaker notes; adding special effects like sound and animation; inserting graphics and tables; using transitions and timing; and running the slide show. You will have time to work on your own PowerPoint project, so you may bring information or existing files on a USB flash drive to add, edit, and save.  A reference guide is included in the fee.

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
1 Tuesday              Feb. 26                            8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CRN 11255           BHC ALC – Rm. 111        Fee $89


Publisher  (Office 2013/2016)  (Teachers can earn PD Hours)
Prerequisite: Word skills.

Level 1 – Create desktop publishing documents with Microsoft Publisher. You will learn how to use Publisher’s templates and design elements to create professional-looking materials such as flyers, booklets, newsletters, cards and more. You may wish to bring a USB flash drive to save your projects. A reference guide is included in the fee.

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
1 Tuesday              Mar. 5                               8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CRN 11256           BHC ALC – Rm. 111          Fee $89


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      Mar. 6                             8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CRN 11257        BHC ALC – Rm. 111        Fee $89

1 Wednesday      May 15                            8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CRN 11258        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      Mar. 13                              8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CRN 11259        BHC ALC – Rm. 111          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     Mar. 20                              8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CRN 11260       BHC ALC – Rm. 111           Fee $89


Buying on eBay
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 Mondays             Mar. 4 – Mar. 11              5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 11261           Outreach – Rm. 402        Fee $40


Selling on eBay
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 Mondays             Mar. 18 – Apr. 1             5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 11262           Outreach – Rm. 402       Fee $49


iPad: Getting Started

Level 0 – Do you have an iPad and don’t know where to start? We will explore the Home Screen, the parts of your device and the main apps: settings, calendar, contacts, and mail. We will learn how to connect to Wi-Fi, get to the Internet using Safari, add contacts, set up your email account, and schedule dates in your calendar. Bring your iPad to class. You should have your iPad charged and activated. You should also have created your Apple ID.

4 Tuesdays             Feb. 12 – Mar. 5             5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
CRN 11263           Outreach – Rm. 104      Fee $55


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.

1 Tuesday               Mar. 19                            5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 11264           Outreach – Rm. 407          Fee $23


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.

1 Tuesday               Mar.  26                          5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 11265           Outreach – Rm. 407         Fee $23


Introduction to FaceTime

Level 1 – Do you want to connect with your family and friends? FaceTime is a video-calling application designed by Apple for use on the iPhone, iPad and Mac computer. Bring your device and contact information for those people you want to stay in touch with. By the end of the class, you will try to connect with someone and discover how easy it really is.

1 Tuesday               Apr. 9                               5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 11270           Outreach – Rm. 104           Fee $19