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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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Northview High School seniors Caleena Myers (right) and Sam Montague (left) prepare to become computer instructors for a Business Professionals of America fundraiser. BPA Advisor Beth Moody and the student will be offering low-cost computer education courses to raise money for future club competitions. [Order this photo]
Northview High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) students will become temporary teachers to community members during a fall fundraiser.

Northview BPA Advisor Beth Moody and her participating students are offering computer classes to the public to help raise money for organizational competitions.

"We would like to have at least15 people take our classes," Moody said.

She has developed activities to teach various software features for Microsoft Office 2010 and Windows 7.

"The students work with the adults to complete the activities," Moody said. "If the adults have trouble, a student can help them individually, so the class moves at the adult's pace."

Class fees are $20 per session or $50 for all four sessions.

Sessions will take place at Northview from 6-8 p.m., on the first two Tuesdays and Thursdays in November (Nov. 1, 3, 8 and 10).

Those interested can make checks payable to Northview High School.

Community resident Linda Goodrich, a Providence Medical Group employee, told The Brazil Times she's taken the BPA computer courses for the last three-four years.

Goodrich said she'd previously taken computer classes at Ivy Tech, but had to stop when she fell ill and had to undergo radiation and cancer treatments.

"These classes really helped me come back from that," Goodrich explained. "The training is always one-on-one and the kids are so easy to talk to. They help so much, and I enjoyed it a lot."

Goodrich added she learned how to create spreadsheets, memos and other useful documents the variety of offered courses teaches.

For example, the Basics course will cover mouse clicks, folder making, saving one's work, screen saver set up and windows style.

The course is for those who are unsure how to operate a computer. The class will include a Windows demonstration.

The Internet course will teach community members how to set favorites, surf and search the Internet, setting up Facebook and the dos and don'ts of social networking.

The Word level 1 classes will teach participants how to use the word processing software and help those in attendance familiarize themselves with cutting and pasting, as well as formatting fonts, margins, tabs and graphics.

Word level 2 courses will include instructions on pulling graphics from the web into your document, tables and borders.

Word level 3 will focus on mail merge and voice recognition.

PowerPoint classes will teach adult students how to scan pictures and help them make a computer slideshow using photographs.

Excel 2010 courses will be split into two levels, with the first teaching basic spreadsheet input, adding columns and basic formulas and the second level teaching formatting, graphics and advanced formulas.

Those seeking employment may be interested in the Applications Skills course BPA is offering.

The course will teach pupils how to search for job and apply online. Computer students will create sample résumé and cover letters for evaluation.

In addition, the instructors will show participants how to attach files to an online application.

Northview senior Sam Montague has experience proctoring the courses, and said she felt like what she was doing helped others and gave her purpose.

"Technology just keeps moving further and further," Montague said. "It felt great to help people learn how to use the new technology we have available."

Fundraiser proceeds will be used to fund BPA competitions, such as the district competition in January, state in March and nationals in April.

BPA nationals are being held in Chicago.

For more information about enrolling in the computer courses, contact Moody at 448-2661, ext. 1260.



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