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McHenry County College to offer computer training for beginners

Published: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 11:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 11:42 p.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – To meet the noncredit computer training needs of county residents, McHenry County College’s Workforce Training Program offers the Silver Series, a hands-on computer training and introduction to computers for older adults, dislocated workers and others with little to no previous computer experience.

Two five-week courses are offered: “Welcome to Microsoft Office 2010” begins Oct. 23, and “Welcome to the World of Computers” begins Nov. 6. The coursework provides a gentle introduction for beginners, giving personal life examples by providing a step-by-step, skills-based approach that ensures student success.

“Welcome to Microsoft Office 2010” is an uncomplicated way to learn how to use Office 2010. The five-week course presents an introduction to the Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and covers the Windows operating system.

This course reinforces learning with plenty of illustrations and practical, hands-on projects and exercises. “Welcome to Microsoft Office 2010” is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Oct. 23 through Nov. 20. Course ID: NTC S14 003. The fee for this course is $325.

“Welcome to the World of Computers” is scheduled from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 6 through Dec. 11. It’s an uncomplicated way for computer novices to learn how to use computers, the Windows operating system, the Internet, email basics and word processing using Microsoft Word 2010.

The course starts with elementary computer concepts and introduces basic navigation, such as mousing, the cursor, the desktop and the taskbar. The fundamentals of word processing are covered using Word 2010.  

Then, students are introduced to basic file browsing and file management. Web browsing and web basics are explained. The course ends with a discussion of webmail, email attachments and email security including scams, phishing and spam. The fee for the “World of Computers” is $325 and course ID: NTC S15 004 can be used when registering. 

These courses will be held at McHenry County College Shah Center, 4100 W. Shamrock Lane in McHenry.

To register, call 815-455-8588. For information, contact the center at 815-455-8593 or

More information about the Shah Center is available at

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