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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

4:00 p.m.

For those who need to come into the world of computers, this is the class for you. Overcome your fears and gain the skills that can get you ready for the workplace. Also take the Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing class as a perfect complement to PC Basics. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: D. P. Grogan
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well.

You will learn to:

  • Identify basic computer components and operating system features.
  • Execute basic mouse techniques.
  • Perform basic keyboard strokes and functions.
  • Identify and navigate the features of the desktop.
  • Open and exit software programs.
  • Identify and navigate the Windows environment of Microsoft software applications.
  • Create and save a document to the desktop or to a flash drive.

Please bring your own flash drive to save class documents, or send them to your email account.

4:30 p.m.

Photoshop logoTour the Photoshop CS6 workspace, toolbars and panels while learning fun and easy ways to edit and enhance your photos.
Crop, scale and rotate, apply color correction, and learn how to work with layers.

Finally, test out these new skills on the iMac creative stations in Digital Commons.

6:15 p.m.

Learn basic word-processing features that can help you to create letters, résumés, faxes and other documents that are used to apply for jobs. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: M. Welker
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well and the skills acquired in the PC Basics class.

You will learn to:

  • Identify and navigate the basic features and elements of the Microsoft Word window.
  • Execute multiple text-selection techniques.
  • Apply basic formatting features.
  • Perform the Copy/Cut and Paste functions.
  • Execute the "Find and Replace" and "Go To" features.
  • Explore a variety of templates for creating letters, résumés, faxes, reports, stationery and more.
  • Apply themes, page borders, page colors and watermarks.

Please bring your own flash drive to save class documents or send them to your email account.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

2:30 p.m.

This workshop will feature how to maximize the use of Microsoft Word résumé templates to create a dynamic résumé that sets yours apart from the thousands received by an employer.  Several websites will be explored to expand your knowledge and effective use of keywords and action verbs, with an emphasis on why both are important to your résumé construction. You will also learn to compose your cover letter, so that it provides the perfect introduction to your résumé and effectively solicits an interview.  Instruction in the above will occur during the first hour of the workshop and the opportunity to work on your own résumé individually will be available during second hour of Lab time.

Instructor: D. P. Grogan
Computer Lab, Rm. 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well and the skills acquired in PC Basics, Word I Basics and Word II Intermediate. Please see below for required documents.

You will learn:
•    Different résumé styles, e.g. chronological, functional, etc., and which one works best for your work history.
•    The basic structure of résumé content and the effective use of keywords & action verbs
•    The various ways to save a résumé
•    Different styles of cover letters
•    Essential cover letter content
•    The best format for submitting or uploading a résumé and a cover letter online

Required Documents: Please bring your own flash drive with your résumé saved on it or be prepared to download your résumé from your established email account.

•    If you have a paper copy of your résumé, please feel free to bring it and we will scan it into an editable format, so that you can work on it during Lab time. Please have an established email account to which your résumé can be sent.

•    If you do not have a résumé at all, please bring enough information regarding your work history, education, and career goals to begin to populate a MS Word résumé template during Lab time. Please have an established email account to which your résumé can be sent.

4:30 p.m.

Google drive logo

Google is more than just the web's most prominent search engine. It provides a variety of services, including email, cloud storage, navigation tools, more advanced research options, and other useful instruments for finding, organizing and sharing information.


Those wishing to improve their Internet searching skills should attend, as should those who need to learn how to upload files (resumes, etc.) in a format that will be available to them anywhere they have internet access.

5:30 p.m.

Need help with your job search? Come to the Job Seekers Drop-In Clinic where you will receive individualized assistance with the following job-seeking tasks:

  •      Creating an email account;
  •      Establishing a job board account;
  •      Building your résumé;
  •      Conducting online job searches; and
  •      Completing online job applications.

The clinic will run from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Computer Lab, Room 311.

Questions? Call 202-727-1471.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

2:00 p.m.

Learn the basic terminology and navigational skills associated with surfing and searching the Internet via the World Wide Web. These skills can help you complete online job applications. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: D. P. Grogan
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics and Word I Basics.

You will learn to:

  • Identify and navigate the basic elements and features of the Internet Explorer browser environment.
  • Navigate the Web using hyperlinks.
  • Explore the features and advantages of various search engines and directories.
  • Perform simple Web searches and explore various job search engines.
  • Copy and paste Web text and graphics to a Word document.

Bring your own flash drive to save class documents or send them to your email account.

5:00 p.m.

InDesign logoIn this class you will learn Adobe InDesign terminology, location of tools and panels, workspace navigation, and how to create multipage layouts for web, print, pdf, and ebook publication.

5:30 p.m.

Learn more features of this word-processing software that can help you further your career. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: D. P. Grogan
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics and Word I Basics.

You will learn to:

  • Navigate and adjust default settings.
  • Create and insert stylized headers and footers, footnotes, table of contents, indexes and cover pages.
  • Insert, move and resize graphics, SmartArt and stylized text boxes.
  • Engage and apply the bullets and numbering features.

Please bring your own flash drive to save class documents or send them to your email account.

7:30 p.m.

12365Do you have something (or someone) that would make a great three dimensional model?

 
Bring them to Intro to 3-D Scanning! Using free software and tablet computers, we will take 3-D scans of people and things while learning about the different ways to take objects from our world to the digital world. 

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Friday, September 5, 2014

12:00 p.m.

Online Job PortalDo you need assistance filling out an online application or proofing your resume? If so, please sign up at the Digital Commons Desk for a one-on-one half-hour session, email digital.commons@dc.gov, or call 202-727-1175.  

To ease your application process, it is requested that you have a working email address.

4:00 p.m.

The internet is a powerful tool, for good or ill. Learn to avoid the most flagrant fraud, the most egregious error, and the most catastrophic misjudgments of online etiquette, in Basic Internet Safety.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

3:30 p.m.

Computer HardwareKnow the difference between your RAM and your CPU? Can you tell a SSD from an HD? Come learn the basics of computer hardware inside and out. In this class we will cover all the essential components that make your computer a computer.

Monday, September 8, 2014

1:30 p.m.

Review the basic and advanced Google search tools, techniques and features, e.g. Google Images, Google Maps & StreetView, Google Alerts, etc. Learn to use Boolean search terms and various punctuations and characters to refine your search results. Explore two social and professional networking sites: Meetup.com and LinkedIn.com.

Instructor: N. Shiner
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics and Word I Basics.

You will learn to:

  • Identify and navigate the advanced elements and features of the Google search engine.
  • Conduct searches using Boolean search terms.
  • Modify your search strategy with various punctuations.
  • Explore Meetup.com and LinkedIn.com for their advantages as social and professional networking sites.
  • Copy and paste Web text and graphics to a Word document.

Bring your own flash drive to save class documents or send them to your email account.

4:00 p.m.

Get a basic, hands-on overview of the HTML 5 and the CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) programming languages and discover their inter-related capacity to produce dynamic web pages. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: T. Nguyen
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics, Word I Basics, Word II Intermediate, Web I Basics, Web II Intermediate, Email Basics and HTML Basics. A significant amount of typing is required!

You will learn to:

  • Insert HTML 5 tags
  • Apply CSS syntax to HTML 5 elements
  • Insert various style sheets using CSS
  • Save your enhanced .html document to your flash drive or send it to your email account.

Please bring your own flash drive to save class documents.

6:00 p.m.

IllustratorCome learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator CS6.

Classes will explore the functions of most of the items in the toolbox.

All classes are on a first-come, first-served basis.

6:30 p.m.

Learn the basic features for creating a dynamic PowerPoint (slide show) presentation. This software is widely used in the workplace and in educational settings. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: D. P. Grogan
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics, Word I Basics and Word II Intermediate.

You will learn to:

  • Identify and navigate the basic features and elements of the Microsoft PowerPoint window.
  • Create a simple slide presentation using the installed themes and design templates.
  • Identify and engage the three working panes of the PowerPoint environment.
  • Edit and customize each slide and insert SmartArt graphics and links.
  • Insert additional slides and delete unwanted slides.
  • Activate the slide show presentation.
  • Save the presentation as a slide show (.ppsx) and as a presentation (.pptx).

Please bring your own flash drive to save class documents or send them to your email account.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

1:00 p.m.

Learn to find and assess quality online health information. This class will be 2.5 hours. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructors: A. Muhammad, PIA International, Inc.
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics, Word I Basics and Web I Basics.

You will learn to:

  • Navigate medical websites.
  • Evaluate medical websites for updates and active links.
  • Research personal health issues.
  • Make informed health decisions based on information retrieved from credible health websites.

Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health and the D.C. Department of Health's HIV/AIDS Administration. Presented by the Project for Intermediate Advocates.

Bring your own flash drive to save class documents, or send them to your email account.

4:15 p.m.

Enhance your computer software and webpage development skills with self-paced online training that offer video presentations and step-by-step instructions.

Instructor: D. P. Grogan
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well and basic mouse and keyboarding skills.

Class Objectives: The following four online training websites will be featured during the Self-Paced Online Training (SPOT) Lab:

NOTE: Please bring your own earbuds for individual listening.
6:00 p.m.

Learn the basic features of the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet environment that are frequently used for calculation and data entry functions in the workplace. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: M. Welker
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics and Word I Basics.

You will learn to:

  • Identify and navigate the basic features and elements of the Microsoft Excel window.
  • Build a simple budget spreadsheet, using data entry and cell navigation skills.
  • Format and edit spreadsheet data, using common and unique formatting features.
  • Create simple formulas.
  • Use the AutoSum feature.
  • Explore the Insert Function feature for all other mathematical operations available in Excel.
  • Engage the Chart Gallery to create a chart based on the simple budget database created in class.

Please bring your own flash drive to save class documents or send them to your email account.

6:30 p.m.

Are you an artist, journalist, or do you simply have something you want to share with the world? Come learn the basics of blogging by exploring some of the most popular services and sites available. We will learn how to create and customize a blog using Tumblr and Blogger.

7:30 p.m.

WordPress logoWordPress is a free, open source blogging tool and web hosting service. It is extremely versatile and can be as hassle-free or as complicated as you wish.

For example, some very popular websites, including TechCrunch and the blogs for The New York Times and The Washington Post, were all created using WordPress.

In this class, we will focus on using WordPress to build a simple blog, and we will discuss the process of turning it into an official website. Join us in learning about this customized Internet platform to see if it is right for your needs.

Questions? Contact Anne Ledford at 202-727-1181 or anne.ledford@dc.gov.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

4:00 p.m.

Learn more features of this spreadsheet software that can help you further your career. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: D. P. Grogan
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics, Word I Basics, Word II Intermediate and Excel I Basics.

You will learn to:

  • Manage the screen view and navigate multiple worksheets in a workbook.
  • Construct 3-D formulas, using the Consolidate feature, and execute the Paste Special function.
  • Engage and perform the Auto Outline, Data Validation and AutoFilter features.
  • Apply the stylized Conditional Formatting feature to spreadsheet data.
  • Protect worksheet/workbook environment.

Please bring your own flash drive to save class documents or send them to your email account.

6:15 p.m.

Learn more features of this word-processing software that can help you further your career. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: L. Turner
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well, and the skills acquired in PC Basics and Word I Basics.

You will learn to:

  • Navigate and adjust default settings.
  • Create and insert stylized headers and footers, footnotes, table of contents, indexes and cover pages.
  • Insert, move and resize graphics, SmartArt and stylized text boxes.
  • Engage and apply the bullets and numbering features.

Please bring your own flash drive to save class documents or send them to your email account.

6:30 p.m.

Logo for PhotoshopTour the Photoshop CS6 workspace, toolbars and panels while learning fun and easy ways to edit and enhance your photos.
Crop, scale and rotate, apply color correction, and learn how to work with layers.

Finally, test out these new skills on the iMac creative stations in Digital Commons.

7:30 p.m.

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Have you ever dreamed of producing and editing your own music or talk show? Have you ever wanted to be a broadcast journalist, or create a commercial for the radio or web?

With the help of Audacity, a powerful audio editing software and a little creativity, you could potentially be on your way to starting a new hobby, or perhaps a new career! 

Join the audio editing class in the Digital Commons to learn the basics of creating and editing your own audio files, utilizing the specialized functions of Audacity software. In the class you will learn how to do the following:

  1. Download and install Audacity to your PC.
  2. Record voice and music utilizing a digital microphone. 
  3. Mix high quality music audio with voice recordings using equalization and other studio effects.
  4. Edit both music and voice audio. 
  5. Save audio files to your PC hard drive or flash drive.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

5:00 p.m.

Self-paced, practice tutorials and custom lessons for improving typing and keyboarding skills to help you create the cover letter and résumé needed to launch your career. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: D. P. Grogan
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well.

Class Objectives:

  • Practice home-row key typing in self-paced exercises.
  • Test your typing skills at various levels of proficiency and speed.
  • Customize practice lessons to enhance your typing skill abilities.
  • Practice constructing your own résumé using MB's Print Shop Résumé Pro Deluxe program.

Please bring your own earbuds for individual listening.

6:00 p.m.

picLearn the basics of some of the most popular 3-D modeling software programs. If you are interested in creating your own 3-D models to then have printed in the Digital Commons, this class is for you. 

The class will explore some of the free programs that are available for download and should soon be available on Digital Commons PCs.  

This introductory course will explore Sketchup Make and the Autodesk-hosted in-browser design program, TinkerCAD.pic

6:15 p.m.

For those who need to come into the world of computers, this is the class for you. Overcome your fears and gain the skills that can get you ready for the workplace. Also take the Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing class as a perfect complement to PC Basics. Seats will be filled on a first-come, space-available basis.

Instructor: N. Chester
Computer Lab, Room 311

Required Skills: The ability to read and comprehend English well.

You will learn to:

  • Identify basic computer components and operating system features.
  • Execute basic mouse techniques.
  • Perform basic keyboard strokes and functions.
  • Identify and navigate the features of the desktop.
  • Open and exit software programs.
  • Identify and navigate the Windows environment of Microsoft software applications.
  • Create and save a document to the desktop or to a flash drive.

Please bring your own flash drive to save class documents, or send them to your email account.

Friday, September 12, 2014

12:00 p.m.

Online Job PortalDo you need assistance filling out an online application or proofing your resume? If so, please sign up at the Digital Commons Desk for a one-on-one half-hour session, email digital.commons@dc.gov, or call 202-727-1175.  

To ease your application process, it is requested that you have a working email address.