Adult Learning Center 

Suggested progression for taking classes at the center.


Progression of Computer Classes

All classes are 8 weeks unless indicated.

Beginners: Users who have little or no knowledge of how a computer works. An introduction to the basic concepts of hardware, software, and peripheral devices is provided.



1.    Computer Basics 101: This course is for users that have a limited knowledge about computers. It is a little more detail than the Computer Fundamental class that was offered at RALC. It includes information on basic computing terms, The Desktop, Input, Output Storage Devices, Operating systems and applications, licensing of software, Networking and Internet basics, Ergonomics, safety, security, Protecting your data, Understanding malware and Viruses, Using the mouse, keyboard, and desktop, Customizing your computer, Printing, Working with files and folders, Basic Windows applications, Working with windows, Working with applications, and Browsing the Web and Internet


2.    Introduction to Windows 8.1: This course will teach the student to use different applications in Windows 8.1 such as; Live Tiles, Hot Corners, the Charms Bar, the Start Screen, using the Internet, and Internet safety with Windows Defender to name but a few. 


3.    WORD PROCESSING 2013-Foundation (5 classes): An introduction to Word Processing using Microsoft Word 2013. Also useful for 2007 and 2010 users. This course will give a brief overview of the basic functions; Such as; create new documents, Navigation around the document, the bold, underline, italic functions, the clipboard, cut, copy, paste commands, the Quick access tool bar,  move text around, discuss fonts, and tabs, Navigation pane, Format painter, templates, and a review of the major tabs.  Students should understand the basics of using a Windows-based computer, be comfortable using the keyboard and mouse.


4.    How to Workshops: Workshops touch on basic computer functions which a user needs to be familiar with to be productive. A list of the workshops is provided below:


  1.   How to Scan Pictures: Have old photographs you want to scan and add to your pictures in your computer?  Each student should bring two pictures which will be scanned and copied to a flash drive which can be taken home and transferred to your computer.

  2.     Understanding Files & Folders: Learn how to organize the contents of your computer by creating folders and sub-folders. How to rename a folder and the different ways to display your list of folders and files.

  3.     How to Download Pictures: Learn how to get your pictures from your camera to your computer using either the camera cable, a card reader or the SD reader slot in your computer. Also covered are steps for getting pictures from your iPad

  4.     Making a movie using Windows Movie Maker: Learn how to assemble a set of photographs, video and music to create a movie file that can be played on most commercial movie players and shown on a standard or flat screen TV.

  5.     Android Basic: Learn to enjoy your phone. This Introduction class will cover some basic features of the Android system such as power on/off, charging you phone, answering calls, voicemail, review the phone settings, about contacts, sending emails and pictures, the phone battery and other basic features.

  6.           More fun with Android: This class will discuss more features of the Android system such as; working with maps, using the calendar, the alarm clock, Skype, Music, Bluetooth, the Internet and more.

  7.     Tips and Tricks on Windows 8-1: Learn how to get around Windows 8.1 with a few easy steps Windows 8.1 has many new changes, enhancements, and surprises. Learn a few tips. 



Intermediate Users:  Users that have a basic knowledge of computers and software.  They should have taken one or more of the Beginner Courses offered at the RALC or should have equivalent experience.


5.    Internet and E-Mail: Introduce the concepts of the Internet and the fundamentals of using Email. Covers basic skills needed to correspond with friends and family,, navigating around the Web and searching for information of interest. Topics include: 1)Introduction to the Internet and Browser Basics, 2)Using Email, 3)Searching the Web, 4)Chat groups, 4)Instant Messaging, 5)Organizing Your Browser, 6)Saving and Downloading Files and Email attachments, 7)Understanding Security,  viruses, anti-virus, cookies and making purchases online.


6.    Excel : Step by step instructions to use the "Excel" spreadsheet program. Topics include: 1)Enter text, data, and formulas into spreadsheet cells, 2)Format and edit spreadsheet Columns and Rows 3)Save and retrieve spreadsheets to/from disk, 4)Insert Rows, and Columns into a spreadsheet, 5)Simultaneously view multiple spreadsheets, 6)Use the Format Painter, 7)Create charts, 8)Setup a spreadsheet for printing.


7.    Word Processing- Intermediate; (4 classes): Word Processing Intermediate using Microsoft Word 2013. Also useful for 2007 and 2010 users. This course covers passwords, PDF files, working with templates, viewing multiply files, format printer, split screens, templates, headers and footers, spell check, text translations, hyperlinks, bullets and numbering, using the navigation pane, mail merge and making labels.  Students should have taken the Word Processing Foundation course or have equivalent experience.


8.    Word 2010 Advance:  (4 classes): Advance course covers working with; pictures such as; edit, crop, resize , clip Art,  draw, resize, move shapes, advanced graphics and objects, text boxes, SmartArt, watermarks, Quick Parts, Blocks Organizer,  tables functions, creating equations, and formatting and analyzing charts.  Students should have taken the Word Fundamental course or equivalent. They should understand the basics of using a Windows-based computer. Knowledge of and experience with printing and using a Web browser is an asset, but not required.


9.    INTRODUCTION TO POWER POINT: Using PowerPoint 2007, this course introduces students to this tool which may be used for the creation of business presentations, visual memoirs, etc.  Your own creativity and imagination is your guide.  The student will create basic presentations, use design templates, edit existing presentations, add clip art or photos, and develop a slide show including animation.  It is recommended that students have completed MS Windows and Word, courses or have equivalent skills.  Course Manual and CD or USB device will be provided for backup.


10. Introduction to Outlook: Covers different features of the interface, give a brief overview of all the tabs in the ribbon, show users how to set up an e-mail account and perform basic tasks, and cover the basics of each Outlook component. It will also cover organizing your e-mail, using rules, setting up categories, using Microsoft Word features to create e-mail messages. Users will also learn about the various types of connectivity services supported by Outlook 2013.



Special Interest and Advanced courses. These classes are for individuals knowledgeable in computers or have special interest in the class subject



11.  Introduction to PICASA 3: Picasa is a free photo editing program which allows you to easily locate, organize and display photo collections.  It features photo editing    tools for improving and retouching photos; you can remove red eye, crop or straighten your pictures.  You can use the program to print your images or make a gift CD.  It is recommended that the student have taken the Computer Fundaments course or possess similar skills. 


12. Facebook (1 class): In this workshop you will learn how to register and navigate on the Facebook website. You will learn how to enter Profile Information, what Facebook Buttons are used for, how to Find and Add Friends, how to Add Photos, how to Post Status Updates on Your Wall, how to Write on a Friend’s Wall and many more fun things to do with Facebook.


13. Introduction to Quicken: For those interested in using the personal finance management software, Quicken 2010 Premier. Quicken provides tools for organizing financial tasks, tracking income and expenses, tracking and optimizing investments, gathering tax data, and planning for long term goals such as retirement.  


14. Buying and Selling on eBay (2 classes): Learn how to register and navigate on the eBay web site. The first class provides an overview of how to browse for and find specific items by topic, verify the reputation of a seller,  how to track the progress of auctions that interest you,  learn about important elements such as shipping costs and the privacy policy on a site. The second class will show you how to open an account to sell items on eBay, add a picture to your listing, and learn about pricing and tracking the progress of your auction. You will need a  valid email address that you can access remotely, using your ID and password   


15. Introduction to Digital Camera (6 classes): Learn how to transfer your digital camera shots to your computer. Various methods will be covered from using the USB port on the computer to using the memory card of the camera.


16. Genealogy & Family History: In this class you will learn how to seek information about your ancestors via the Internet. You will learn about different genealogy programs, and free Internet research sites. At the completion of the course you should be capable of writing and publishing a family history. Bring as much information about your ancestors as possible. You may use your own laptop or one of our computers. It is recommended that the student have taken the Computer Fundaments course or possess similar skills.

17. Introduction to the iPad: Thinking of buying and iPad or have recently purchased one?  This may be the class for you! Apple's iPad and iPad mini are popular tablets that have changed the way we use computers. Learn the basics of using the iPad along with other features like iCloud, iTunes, Siri, the App Store and more.  Bring your fully charged iPad (along with all cables).