Computer Classes

Register for these programs: by phone (507-664-3700), in person at FiftyNorth, or by clicking on the title of the class

Please pre-register and check-in for all classes no matter your membership levels. It is also important to check-in at the front desk when you arrive for your class.  We use attendance data for grant applications, insurance reimbursement, space planning and determining whether or not to cancel a class. Register by noon Wednesday the week before class starts for all computer center classes
Scholarships are available to help defray the cost of classes for those who find the cost a financial hardship.

 

Intro to Spreadsheets

Mondays, Tuesdays, February 18, 19, 25, 26
9:30am to 11:30am

Spreadsheets are handy tools that are easy to set up and run.  Students in this course will learn how to use free software similar to Microsoft Excel to construct and operate many different kinds of spreadsheets.  After an initial study of basic spreadsheet techniques, a variety of spreadsheet applications will be examined.  In each case students will first learn how to use an example spreadsheet and next, learn how it works.  Finally, they will construct a similar spreadsheet.  The course will show how to find the total and average of a set of numbers, how to sort data, and how to make a graph of the information.  Spreadsheets dealing with household budgets, currency converters and temperature converters will be discussed.  In summary, this course will show how to construct and use spreadsheets to organize and analyze almost any collection of numerical information.  Students can choose to work on a computer set to be a Macintosh machine or a Windows machine.  Students should bring a USB flash drive.
(4 Sessions)

Prerequisite: Word Processing Basics or equivalent
Instructor:  Jim Finholt
Capacity:  4
Cost: $45 nonmbr, $40 mbr, $0 plat-equiv
Register by: Noon Wed, Feb 13

 

Microsoft Word

Mondays, Tuesdays, February 18, 19, 25, 26
1:30pm to 3:30pm

This course builds on basic word processing skills for people ready for an intermediate level of word processing. Students use Microsoft Word for more features to enhance any document. They navigate its many menus, bars and buttons. They manage files, open/close multiple documents simultaneously, and copy and move text between documents. They customize tab and margin settings, use advanced formatting skills, are exposed to print properties, and save files to various locations. They use built-in Help: Auto Correct & Complete, Spelling & Grammar Check, and Thesaurus.
(4 Sessions)

Prerequisite: Word Processing Basics or equivalent
Instructor: Barb Henwood
Capacity: 4
Cost: $45 nonmbr, $40 mbr, $0 plat-equiv
Register by: noon Wed, Feb 13

 

Scanning Pictures

Monday, March 11
9:30am to 11:30am

Share your pictures of the grandkids with others.  This course shows how to scan photos of any size from small snapshots up to 8×10 inch photographs.  Choosing the size and the cropping of the scanned photo will be demonstrated.  Students can bring a couple of pictures to be scanned and saved to their flash drive. Canon scanners and software will be used.  Students can choose to work on a computer set to be a Macintosh machine or a Windows machine.  Students should bring a USB flash drive.
(1 Session)

Prerequisite: Intro to Computers or equivalent
Instructor:  Jim Finholt
Capacity:  4
Cost:  $10/m, $15/nm, $0/plat equiv
Register by:  Noon, Wed, Mar 6

 

Insert a Photo into Text

Tuesday, March 12
9:30am to 11:30am

This course will show how to enhance letters and other documents by incorporating pictures and clip art using Microsoft Word software.  It will repeat much of the material presented in Holiday Correspondence.  Students can choose to work on a computer set to be a Macintosh machine or a Windows machine.
(1 session)

Prerequisite: Word Processing Basics or equivalent
Instructor: Jim Finholt
Capacity: 4
Cost: $15 nonmbr, $10 mbr, $0 plat-equiv
Register by: noon, Wed, Mar 6

Computer Short Class: TBD

Monday, March 25
9:30am to 10:30am

Computer Short Class: TBD

Monday, March 25
10:30am to 11:30am

Computer Short Class: TBD

Tuesday, March 26
9:30am to 10:30am

Computer Short Class: TBD

Tuesday, March 26
10:30am to 11:30am

 

Intro to Computers/Win

Monday, Tuesday, April 1 & 2
9:30am to 11:30am

This introductory course covers general computer concepts and use of the mouse and simple word processing.  It is intended for people with no experience and those who feel they need some preparation for other Computer Center courses.  The course will be taught on computers running the Windows 10 operating system.  The course will use a text book.  Students are asked to pick up a free, loaner copy at the Reception Desk prior to the start of the course.  Students should bring a USB flash drive.
(2 Sessions)

Prerequisite: None
Instructor: Jim Finholt
Capacity: 4
Cost: $25 nonmbr, $20 mbr, $0 plat-equiv
Register by: noon Wed, Mar 27

 

Intro to Computers/Mac

Monday, Tuesday, April 1 & 2
1:30pm to 3:30pm

This introductory course covers general computer concepts, and introduces the use of the mouse and keyboard, and simple word processing.  It is intended for people with no experience and those who feel they need some preparation for other Computer Center courses.  The course will be taught on dual boot machines that behave like Macintosh OS X computers.  The course will use a text book.  Students are asked to pick up a free, loaner copy at the Reception Desk prior to the start of the course. Students should bring a USB flash drive.
(2 Sessions)

Prerequisite: None​
Instructor: Barb Henwood
Capacity: 4
Cost: $25 nonmbr, $20 mbr, $0 plat-equiv
Register by: Noon Wed, Mar 27

 

Word Processing Basics/WINDOWS

Monday, Tuesday, April 8 & 9
9:30am to 11:30am

This course reviews and applies the concepts introduced in the course, Intro to Computers.  Students use WordPad to learn to create, edit, save and open files.  They learn formatting features including alignment, font types, and font styles (bold, italic, underline and color) to improve the appearance of a document.  Other topics introduced include use of the Ribbon and Copy/Cut and Paste text.
(2 Sessions)

Prerequisite: Intro to Computers/Win or equivalent
Instructor: Lee Klimisch
Capacity: 4
Cost:  $25 nonmbr, $20 mbr, $0 plat-equiv
Register by: noon Wed, Apr 3

 

Word Processing Basics/MAC

Monday, Tuesday, April 8 & 9
1:30pm to 3:30pm

This course reviews and applies the concepts introduced in the course, Intro to Computers.  Students use TextEdit to learn to create, edit, save and open files.  They learn formatting features including alignment, font types, and font styles (bold, italic, underline and color) to improve the appearance of a document.  Other topics introduced include use of the Ribbon and Copy/Cut and Paste text.
(2 Sessions)

Prerequisite: Intro to Computers/MAC or equivalent
Instructor: Barb Henwood
Capacity: 4
Cost:  $25 nonmbr, $20 mbr, $0 plat-equiv
Register by: noon Wed, Apr 3

 

Organize My WINDOWS Computer

Monday, Tuesday, April 15 & 16
9:30am to 11:30am

(An introduction to the Windows Operating Systems)
A typical computer may contain thousands of documents and pictures and it is essential to have a good way to organize these items.  This course will explain how to use a Microsoft Windows operating system to attain this goal.  The course will cover the following Microsoft Windows topics: basic computer organization, how to view stored content, use of USB flash drives, creation of folders, view menu options for content display, copying and moving folders and files, use of the right mouse button, finding files and folders, shortcuts, and backup strategies.  The course will use the Windows 10 operating system, but the content will be useful for people using other Windows operating systems.  Students should bring a USB flash drive (thumb drive).
(2 Sessions)

Prerequisite: Word Processing Basics or equivalent
Instructor: Jim Finholt
Capacity: 4
Cost: $25 nonmbr, $20 mbr, $0 plat-equiv
Register by: noon Wed, Apr 10

 

Organize My MAC Computer

Monday, Friday, April 15 & 19
1:30pm to 3:30pm

(An introduction to the Macintosh Operating System)
A typical computer may contain thousands of documents and pictures and it is essential to have a good way to organize these items.  This course will explain how to attain this goal while using a Macintosh computer.  The course will cover the following topics: basic computer organization, how to view stored content, USB flash drives, creation of folders, view menu options for content display, copying and moving folders and files, use of the right mouse button, finding files and folders, shortcuts, and backup strategies.  The course will use a recent Mac OS X operating system and be taught on dual boot machines that behave like normal Macintosh computers.  Students should bring a USB flash drive (thumb drive).
(2 Sessions)

Prerequisite: Word Processing Basics or equivalent
Instructor: Jim Finholt
Capacity:  4
Cost: $25 nonmbr, $20 mbr, $0 plat-equiv
Register by: Noon of Wed, Apr 10

 

Intro to the Internet and Email

Monday, Tuesday, April 22 & 23
9:30am to 11:30am

This course deals with the following topics: searching the internet, sending and receiving email, sending and opening email attachments, using Contacts (Address Book), and security.  The course will use Mozilla Firefox (browser) and Google Gmail (email). Students can choose to work on a computer set to be a Macintosh machine or a Windows machine.
(2 Sessions)

Prerequisite: Organize My Computer or equivalent
Instructor: Jim Finholt
Capacity: 4
Cost: $25 nonmbr, $20 mbr, $0 plat-equiv
Register by: noon Wed, Apr 17

 

 

Intro to iPad/iPhone

Monday, Tuesday, April 22 & 23
1:30pm to 3:30pm

This introductory course is for absolute beginners of iPad and iPhones. In this class you will get to know your iPad/iPhone.  You will learn the basic operations necessary to operate the iPad /iPhone. the onscreen keyboard, and the basics of using Siri.  You will also learn to send E-mails as well as surf the internet with your device. Please bring your iPad or iPhone to class, and have it updated to the latest IOS operating system before coming to class.  It is important that you bring your Apple ID and Password to class. 
(2 Sessions)

Prerequisite: none
Instructor: John Severson
Capacity: 10
Cost: $25 nonmbr, $20 mbr, $0 plat-equiv
Register by:  Noon Wed, Apr 17

 

Intermediate Internet and Email

Monday, Tuesday, April 29 & 30
9:30am to 11:30am

This course will discuss internet topics such as using tabs, organizing bookmark sites, backup of bookmark sites, and information searching strategies.  Email topics covered will include creating and using group addresses and attachments.  Cutting, copying, pasting, and printing techniques will be developed for both email and web browsing.  The course will use Mozilla Firefox (browser) and Google Gmail (email). Students can choose to work on a computer set to behave like a Macintosh  or a Windows.
(2 Sessions).

Prerequisite: Intro to the Internet and Email or equivalent
and Students must have an active Gmail Account
Instructor: Jim Finholt
Capacity: 4
Cost:  $25 nonmbr, $20 mbr, $0 plat-equiv
Register by: noon Wed, Apr 24

 

Intermediate iPad/iPhone

Monday, April 29
1:30pm to 3:30pm

This class will move us beyond the basics into the expanded use of Siri, iCloud syncing, APPs for travel and specialized projects, health APPs, photo editing/taking, etc.  It will be a time to explore the multiple uses the iPad/iPhone can have to make our lives more productive [and even more fun!].  We will primarily work with the iPhone, but generally most APPs will work the same on both devices.  Please bring your own iPad or iPhone with you to class, and have it updated to the latest IOS operating system before coming to class.  It is important that you bring your Apple ID and Password to class.
(1 Session)

Instructor: John Severson
Capacity: 10
Cost: $15 nonmbr, $10 mbr, $0 plat-equiv
Register by: Noon, Wed. Apr 24