Free Classes Keeping Hospital, Public Computer Literate
CLARKSDALE – Knowing how to operate a computer is important now more than ever before, and Coahoma Community College is making sure local hospital staff and the general public is up to speed by offering computer classes.
The free classes include Introduction to Computers, Microsoft Word I & II and Microsoft Excel I & II.
According to instructor Brian James of CCC’s Workforce Development Center, the classes, which are held in a computer lab within the center, meet each week for six weeks.
James said about 15 individuals have signed up for the classes, which are now in their second week.
He’s currently overseeing a session for employees of Northwest Regional Medical Center and a separate session open to the public.
“At first it was mainly geared toward the workforce and providing training for the industries and companies, but we branched it out to include the community also,” James said.
“There’s a class for those with absolutely no computer experience as well as a class for those who are computer literate but want to sharpen their skills.”
James said the class is a great opportunity for those seeking to keep up with the ever-changing world of technology.
“Technology is changing everyday. It’s getting to the point now that within the next ten years you’re either going to have to know how to operate a computer or learn how to sweep around it because there aren’t going to be many more jobs available,” James said.
“It’s very important that people know and stay in tune with the changing technology because soon everything will involve computers.”
He said that so far his students have benefitted greatly from the classes.
“Everyone that has taken the classes has told me that they definitely know a lot more than they did before they started. Even those who use the software everyday have picked up on some things that they didn’t know--they may have been doing it the long way, but now they can use shortcuts.”
James said the majority of the students who participate in part I of a class return for the part II.
He said the center is hoping to offer evening classes as well as a class on Microsoft Publisher in the near future.
The next classes are scheduled to begin in March, but those wanting to enroll in the current session may still be able to do so. For more information, contact James at (662) 621- 4302.