'Computer Basics' Course Comes to Genesee Community College at Orleans Sep. 29

Genesee Community College will offer "Understanding Computer Basics," a highly popular continuing education course, Mondays, September 29 through November 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. each evening. Understanding Computer Basics is ideal for individuals who have little or no experience with computers, but who want to begin using computers quickly.

The course begins with a brief overview of the components of computers. Then students learn the basics of popular computer programs, such as word processing (which generates correspondence and other documents), spreadsheets (allowing users to summarize and analyze information), and databases (allowing users to track, store and retrieve data). Participants also learn how to use the Internet, access World Wide Web sites, and send and receive e-mail.

The course fee is $132, which includes an easy-to-use computer textbook and diskette.

Participants may register by calling the Center, located at 456 West Avenue, Albion, at 589-4936.

Any area resident not familiar with computers should consider enrolling in this course, said Allen R. Kidder, Associate Dean of Instruction at the Orleans Campus Center. "Computers are part of everyday life," Dean Kidder said. "Learning to use a computer effectively is like learning to drive a car. Once you get the hang of it, you can quickly and easily get to places you need to go."

Computer use opens up new personal and job horizons for people, according to Dean Kidder. "People use computers to obtain information about medical conditions and illness, learn about job opportunities, pursue hobbies, and communicate with family members and friends across the country," he said. "There's literally a whole world of personal and professional opportunities available to area residents in cyberspace. Getting comfortable with computers is the first step in entering that world."