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Computer Skills, a Must-Have

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By Kalei “Pumpkin” Moss

Does the thought of creating a spreadsheet or PowerPoint presentation on the computer fill you with dread?  Does just the thought of turning a computer on make you want to run in the opposite direction?  Why not attend the 21st Century Grant computer class at Kaunakakai Elementary and say goodbye to those fears?  If you have no computer skills or your computer skills are a little rusty and you need a refresher, the computer classes offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. are just right for you.  In this day and age, you will likely need to have some computer skills, whether it is for your job or to help your kids with their school projects.

The classes are federally funded by the 21st Century Grant and are taught by Denise Lane, whose teaching experience ranges from school age students to college students, and she has over 25 years of computer experience.  Through step-by-step instruction along with video lessons, the hands-on class is easy for any skill level student to understand.  The classes are open to all ages and skill levels.  

The class started its first 10 weeks learning Microsoft Word and creating documents.  The second 10 weeks were spent learning Excel and how to create spreadsheets.  As of Nov. 2, the class has begun learning PowerPoint and how to create beautiful presentations.  Though the classes may have already begun learning a new topic, it is never too late to jump in and join them. During the warm-up and practice times during class, Denise is more than willing to help a student catch up if they are new to the class or if they had missed some sessions.  

Not only is the Kaunakakai Elementary School computer lab open for computer classes, but is also open to anyone who just wants to use a computer.  The computer lab is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m.  If you want to practice your typing skills, work on a project, or just surf the web, feel free to come down to the Kaunakakai Elementary computer lab and sign in. Please keep in mind printing is not allowed.

If you or your children are interested in joining the Kaunakakai Elementary School computer class or if you would just like more information on the class or on the open computer lab, please contact Joshua Adachi at Kaunakakai Elementary at 553-1730.  Maunaloa Elementary also has computer lab times open to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m.  If you are interested in the Maunaloa open computer lab, please call Wendy Espaniola at 552-2000.  Remember it is never too late to learn something new.

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