Classes

SenCom Computer ClassesNew Training Site 2012

To Register call (913) 631-5200

Cost: $30.00 per class –
$15.00 for SenCom Members.

Note: If you are a SenCom member, you must state so when you register to receive the discount.

Retakes are free for one year.

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Plan for Reopening SenCom Classroom
by Joe Callison

Classroom occupancy will be limited to allow maintenance of at least six feet of separation between occupants not of the same household.

If the room has not been used for the last 7 days, surfaces do not need disinfecting (per CDC guidelines).

Face masks should be on before entering the building and remain on until leaving the building. Instructors may wear a face shield instead of a mask during teaching.

Only members of the same household should share the elevator. Others should wait in line, practicing social distancing.

After signing in at the classroom door, use hand sanitizer and take one of the designated available seats. Use hand sanitizer before leaving the classroom and upon returning from a break.

Water bottles will be at the sign-in table. Students taking a bottle should either discard it when done, even if unopened or take it with them.

At the end of the class, the instructor shall place a dated tag at each student station that has been used. Tagged stations will be disinfected before the next use if the class is within 7 days and tagged as available for use. Cleaning and disinfection of computer equipment, when required, will be performed by or under the direction of the Technical Director.



* Denotes Core Classes

Basic Microsoft Word
Learn the basic functions of word processing including toolbars, page setup, page layouts, blocking text, setting tabs, saving files, and more. Working knowledge of keyboard and mouse is recommended.

Thursday, May 26, 2022, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Ray Martinez – Assistant: Luci Gervais

Intro to Excel
Learn how to create spreadsheets, charts, and graphs in Excel and how to do simple calculations on columns of data. For example, use Excel to track expenses for tax purposes and/or budgeting. Also, use Excel to create and organize lists, such as household inventory, Christmas lists, and others. Working knowledge of the keyboard and mouse is required.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Bob Bowser – Assistant: Mike Smith

Windows 10 *
Microsoft’s operating system was introduced in July of 2015.  Attendees will learn about the systems’ features, security, and important settings. Prerequisites: Working knowledge of keyboard and mouse.

Thursday, June 2, 2022, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Robin Berg – Assistant: Mike Smith
Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Robin Berg – Assistant: Bob Bowser

Windows Essential Tools
Learn how to use built-in Windows tools such as task manager, system restore, backup, recovery, and troubleshooter to maintain computer performance and health.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Robin Berg – Assistant: Joanne Heide
Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Joe Callison – Assistant: Luci Gervais

Intro to Facebook
What is all the hype about? Join the world of social media. Share information with your family and friends with the click of a mouse.  Set up your own Facebook account enabling you to keep up with your friends and family through pictures, media, and personal messages. A personal email address and working knowledge of the keyboard and mouse are recommended.

Thursday, June 9, 2022, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Ray Martinez – Assistant: Ruth Fink

Google’s Other Features
Google this Google that. Google is much more than a search engine! Learn to search, but also how to use Google maps, G-mail, Calendar, Contacts, and much more. Working knowledge of keyboard and mouse is recommended.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Joe Callison – Assistant: Luci Gervais
Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Joe Callison – Assistant: Joanne Heide

Using Email
Stop the snail mail Keep in touch with family and friends instantly! Start by creating a web-based email account, then send and receive messages, set up an address book, create attachments (including photos) and understand the operation of web-based email. Learn the difference between webmail and client mail. Working knowledge of the keyboard and mouse is recommended.

Thursday, June 16, 2022, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Bob Bowser – Assistant: Marilyn Bowser
Thursday, August 25, 2022, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Ray Martinez – Assistant: Ruth Fink

Internet Browser Features
Using better search techniques, managing bookmarks, browser extensions, and other browser features.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Joe Callison – Assistant: Lou Risley

Beginners Computer Workshop *
Are you new to the computer world? Get started from the beginning and learn the basics! Learn the different types, parts, and uses of your home PC. Begin with the mouse and keyboard as you learn about how to use your computer and its Windows Operating System.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Bob Bowser – Assistant: Marilyn Bowser
Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Bob Bowser – Assistant: Mike Smith

Internet Basics *
Begin with the basics of getting on the internet while using a browser such as Edge, Chrome, or Firefox. You will work with Search Engines to find websites and information. Don’t forget the tools needed to protect your computer while on the internet such as Antivirus and Malware software. Working knowledge of keyboard and mouse is recommended.

Thursday, June 30, 2022, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Ray Martinez – Assistant: Ruth Fink

Organizing Files & Folders *
Learn to manage and organize your files and folders using Windows Explorer software. You will learn how to create, store, organize and use files and folders on your computer. Working knowledge of keyboard and mouse is recommended.

Thursday, July 7, 2022, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Robin Berg – Assistant: Mike Smith

Intro to iPad/iPhone
An introduction to all the tools and capabilities of these popular tablet computers and phones…email, surf the web, watch movies, play games, make to-do lists, and schedule your appointments. Note: Unlike the other classes, this class meets at the Shawnee Civic Center, 13817 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Ray Martinez – Assistant: Joanne Heide

Windows 11 *
Microsoft’s newest operating system was introduced in late 2021. Attendees will learn about the systems’ newest features, security, and important settings. Prerequisites: Working knowledge of keyboard and mouse.

Thursday, July 14, 2022, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Bob Bowser – Assistant: Mike Smith
Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Bob Bowser – Assistant: Marilyn Bowser

Intro to Android Tablets and Phones
Learn about the Android operating system and tablet/phone usage. Will cover Gmail, Chrome, Calendar, Contacts, Play Store, Settings, readers, and more. Bring your tablet (or Android phone) and leave with a working knowledge of how to set up and use it for most basic functions and some advanced functions.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Bob Bowser – Assistant: Marilyn Bowser

Transfer, Organize and Edit Photos
Learn how to get photos from phones or cameras into a PC, upload photos to Google Photos, and organize and edit them. Learn about the creative features available in Google Photos, and how to share photos and create photo presentations with others.

Thursday, August 18, 2022, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Joe Callison – Assistant: Luci Gervais



Location for classes, except for iPad/iPhone:

Shawnee Safety Center
6535 Quivira Road
Shawnee, KS 66216
(Southside of Fire Department)

(Access road north of 66th St.)

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Location for iPad/iPhone classes:

Shawnee Civic Center
13817 Johnson Drive
Shawnee, KS 66216


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SenCom Computer Classes Descriptions

Descriptions of the classes that SenCom offers from time to time in conjunction with the City of Shawnee. SenCom conducts most of our classes at SenCom’s Computer Lab located at 6535 Quivira Road, south of the fire department.  Classes with an * are our core classes.

Beginners Computer Workshop *
Are you new to the computer world? Get started from the beginning and learn the basics! Learn the different types, parts, and uses of your home PC. Begin with the mouse and keyboard as you learn about how to use your computer and its Windows Operating System.

Computer Maintenance *
Keep your computer running smoothly and free of viruses and malware. This workshop will cover the use of cleanup programs and other free software that can help you avoid expensive service fees. Basic knowledge of software downloading, and program installation is recommended.

Organizing Files & Folders *
Learn to manage and organize your files and folders using Windows Explorer software. You will learn how to create, store, organize and use files and folders on your computer. Working knowledge of keyboard and mouse is recommended.

Internet Basics *
Begin with the basics of getting on the internet while using a browser such as Edge, Chrome, or Firefox. You will work with Search Engines to find websites and information. Don’t forget the tools needed to protect your computer while on the internet such as Antivirus and Malware software. Working knowledge of keyboard and mouse is recommended.

Windows 10 Operating System *
Microsoft’s operating system was introduced in July of 2015.  Attendees will learn about the systems’ features, security, and important settings. Prerequisites: Working knowledge of keyboard and mouse.

Windows 11 Operating System *
Microsoft’s newest operating system was introduced in late 2021. Attendees will learn about the systems’ newest features, security, and important settings. Prerequisites: Working knowledge of keyboard and mouse.

Intro to Facebook
What is all the hype about? Join the world of social media. Share information with your family and friends with the click of a mouse.  Set up your own Facebook account enabling you to keep up with your friends and family through pictures, media, and personal messages. A personal email address and working knowledge of the keyboard and mouse are recommended.

Basic Microsoft Word
Learn the basic functions of word processing including toolbars, page setup, page layouts, blocking text, setting tabs, saving files, and more. Working knowledge of keyboard and mouse is recommended.

Advanced Word Processing
Once you’ve mastered the basics of Microsoft Word, learn to create tables, columns, envelopes, and labels. Practice importing files, and inserting pictures and graphics thru clip art. Prerequisite: Basic Microsoft Word. Working knowledge of keyboard and mouse is recommended.

Internet Browser Features
Using better search techniques, managing bookmarks, browser extensions, and other browser features.

Google’s Other Features
Google this Google that. Google is much more than a search engine! Learn to search, but also how to use Google Maps, G-mail, Calendar, Contacts, and much more. Working knowledge of keyboard and mouse is recommended.

Using Email
Stop the snail mail Keep in touch with family and friends instantly! Start by creating a web-based email account, then send and receive messages, set up an address book, create attachments (including photos) and understand the operation of web-based email. Learn the difference between webmail and client mail. Working knowledge of the keyboard and mouse is recommended.

Intro to Excel
Learn how to create spreadsheets, charts, and graphs in Excel and how to do simple calculations on columns of data. For example, use Excel to track expenses for tax purposes and/or budgeting. Also, use Excel to create and organize lists, such as household inventory, Christmas lists, and others. Working knowledge of the keyboard and mouse is required.

Intro to iPad/iPhone
An introduction to all the tools and capabilities of these popular tablet computers and phones…email, surf the web, watch movies, play games, make to-do lists, and schedule your appointments. Note: Unlike the other classes, this class meets at the Shawnee Civic Center, 13817 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS.

Intro to Android Tablets and Phones
Learn about the Android operating system and tablet/phone usage. Will cover Gmail, Chrome, Calendar, Contacts, Play Store, Settings, readers, and more. Bring your tablet (or Android phone) and leave with a working knowledge of how to set up and use it for most basic functions and some advanced functions.

Transferring Photos
Are you intimidated by all the photos on your Smartphone? Learn how to move and save photos from your Smartphone or camera to your computer and the Cloud. Also, learn how to attach photos to an email.

Transfer, Organize and Edit Photos
Learn how to get photos from phones or cameras into a PC, upload photos to Google Photos, and organize and edit them. Learn about the creative features available in Google Photos, and how to share photos and create photo presentations with others.

The Cloud
Learn about the Cloud and various cloud services available. Use Microsoft and Google services to create documents and manage folders in the cloud. Share documents for review and collaboration with others and download the finished documents.

Digital Notebook
Learn how to use a digital notebook app to capture your notes, thoughts, sketches, and electronic clippings in an organized notebook that can be saved to the cloud for access from multiple devices.

Windows Essential Tools
Learn how to use built-in Windows tools such as task manager, system restore, backup, recovery, and troubleshooter to maintain computer performance and health.

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