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Fall 2018 Courses at BRCC

posted Jun 20, 2018, 10:52 AM by T K   [ updated Jun 21, 2018, 9:00 AM ]

BRCC Logo I hope everyone is enjoying their summer here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The continuing education department at BRCC and I have been hard at work getting ready for the fall semester, a printed schedule should be mailed later this summer for planning and registering for classes starting this fall. To help you out now I've put together a listing of the courses I will be offering thru the college. You can view and download the document attached below in the attachments area on this page.

As usual we are offering classes covering Windows 10 from beginner to those switching from Windows 7 to 10 and business users. Computers 101 and Computers 102 are for the beginning computer user, Computers 201 is intended for this with computer experience but new to Windows 10. Computers 301 is for the more experienced computer user that wants to harness some of the skills needed for business and an introduction to the Microsoft Office software and their free Google counterparts.

We're also offering our usual iPhone and iPad courses; iPhone 101, iPad 101, iPhone and iPad 201, iPhone and iPad Photography, and iPhone and iPad 250 courses. These courses are designed to be taken in sequence to get you up and running with either your new iPhone or iPad to becoming more comfortable using many of the apps and services used by experienced users take advantage of everyday on their iPhones or iPads.

We're also adding a few new courses that you may be interested in. Intro to Cloud Services will cover some popular Cloud services such as iCloud, Google Drive, OneDrive and others as well as the extra services hosted by your email provider for storing and synchronizing contact, calendars, notes across your different Internet connected devices such as tablets and mobile phones. If you're new to the Cloud this course will take the mystery out of using the Cloud to be more productive and keep your information synchronized across multiple devices.

Our new Fun with iPhone and iPad Apps takes a look into some of the diverse apps you can download from the Apple App Store. If you want to expand your knowledge and enjoyment of your iPhone or iPad this course will help you discover apps that help you get fit, be more secure online, or simply play some games.

If you've wondered what all the hoopla is around smart homes the new Smart Home Basics course will help you understand what a smart home is and how to get started. From automatically turning on and off lights to monitoring your home while away on a vacation this course will introduce you to the ideas behind a smart home, some of the products available to get you started and help you determine where to start in the process of making your home smarter.

Be sure to click the link below in the attachments area to view, download, or print my Fall 2018 Schedule. Or if you have questions please email me at tom@techeasy123.com and I will help you decide among the courses you may be interested in or help you figure out which courses are best suited for your particular needs. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in class this fall.

Spring and Summer 2018 Class Schedules

posted Jan 2, 2018, 11:58 AM by T K   [ updated Jan 3, 2018, 2:17 PM ]

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I hope you all had a nice Holiday break and are off to another great New Year. I’ve managed to add all my Spring Semester and Summer Term classes to my Web calendar for your planning needs. You can find the calendar here.

For a run down on the classes I’m offering thru Blue Ridge Community College please see the table below. For course descriptions please click the Course Name in blue.


Time        Semester    Course                                            Room            Start             End


MondayHCC (Flat Rock Campus)

10–12    Spring            iPhone 101                                    TEDC 213     1/22            2/12

1–3        Spring            iPad 101                                        TEDC 213     1/22            2/12

1–3        Spring            iPhone/iPad 201                            TEDC 213         2/19            4/16

6–8        Spring            iPhone/iPad 250: Business           TEDC 213     2/19            4/16

10–12    Summer        iPhone/iPad Photography              TEDC 213     5/21            7/16

1–3        Summer        iPhone 101                                     TEDC 213     5/21            6/18

1–3        Summer        iPad 101                                         TEDC 213     7/2              7/23

TuesdayHCC (Flat Rock Campus)

10–1      Spring            Computers 101                                TEDC 119        2/6             3/6

10–1      Spring            Computers 102                                TEDC 119        3/13           4/17

2–5        Spring            Computers 201                                TEDC 119        1/16           3/6

2–5        Spring            Computers 301                                TEDC 119        3/13           5/22

6–9:30   Spring            Photoshop for Beginners                 TEDC 106        1/16           5/22

6–8:30   Summer        Lightroom Made Easy **                   TEDC 106        5/22           7/12


WednesdayTCC (Transylvania Campus)

10–12        Spring        iPhone 101                                        AS 220            2/7              2/28

1–3            Spring        iPad 101                                            AS 220            2/7              2/28

10–12        Spring        iPhone/iPad 201                                AS220             3/7              5/2

6–8:30        Spring        Websites Using Google Sites            AS 218            2/7              5/2

2–4            Summer     iPhone 101                                        AS 220            5/16            6/6

2–4            Summer     iPad 101                                            AS 220            6/13            7/11

6–8            Summer     iPhone/iPad 250: Business               140                  5/16            7/11


ThursdayHCC (Flat Rock Campus)

6–8:30        Spring        Websites Using Google Sites           TEDC 119        1/25            4/26

2–4            Summer     iPhone/iPad 250: Business              TEDC 311        5/24            7/12

6–8:30        Summer    Lightroom Made Easy **                  TEDC 106        5/22            7/12


** Lightroom Made Easy runs on both Tuesdays and Thursdays


Schedules should be arriving in your mailboxes soon but you can view the online PDF here. Or search for classes online here.

BRCC Fall 2017 Classes Online Registration Now Open

posted Jul 26, 2017, 11:44 AM by T K   [ updated Jul 26, 2017, 11:46 AM ]

BRCC LogoOnline registration has opened for Fall 2017 courses. To search for courses and register please follow this link. Catalogs should be arriving in your mail boxes next week as well. I look forward to seeing you in September for the start of my classes.

For a quick run down of my classes for Fall: BRCC Fall 2017 Schedule

BRCC Fall 2017 Schedule

posted Jul 6, 2017, 10:12 AM by T K   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 8:46 AM ]

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Update 8/10/17: Due to a scheduling issue the iPhone/iPad Photography will not be offered this Fall semester. We will add it to the schedule again in Spring. Sorry for the inconvenience.

I have the Fall 2017 Blue Ridge Community College schedule of my classes available online. In the Fall I'll be offering some of my regular classes as well as some newly created Apple iOS classes for the iPhone and iPad.

Due to advancements and changes in iOS for iPad and iPhone I thought it was time to rewrite the courses to better cover the iPhone and iPad. Replacing the current iPhone and iPad Made Easy courses we will be separating the 2 current courses into three — two 101 and one 201 level courses. New this Fall are 4-week iPhone 101 and iPad 101 courses covering the basics of each device. Each 4-week course will offer the basics of using your new iPhone or iPad including physical and on-screen features of each device, surfing the Web, using the Phone app (iPhone only), iMessage texting, taking photos, and iCloud and your Apple ID.

After completing the 101 level course for your device students will be prepared to take the combined iPhone/iPad 201 course to discover additional apps, features and functions of both devices. Topics covered will include further discussion and use of iCloud, productivity apps such as Contacts, Calendars, and Notes apps. We will also take closer looks into the Photos app as well as the Apps Store, iTunes, and Music apps.

By completing each course I think students will have a better understanding and be prepared to make full use of their Apple devices. Later this summer I'll be adding course descriptions and a syllabus for each course under the Apple Courses section of this website. Please stop by again before classes begin to take a look.

Also new for this Fall is a course, Creating Website with Google Sites, covering the fundamentals of creating a website using Google Sites. Google Sites is a free content management system from Google for creating websites with little or no prior website experience. This website is a good example of what you can expect to learn using Google Sites. I'll have additional information as well as a syllabus available later this summer.

As in previous semesters I will still be offering Lightroom Made Easy, Windows 10, and Basic Office Computing. The Photoshop for Beginners course will be offered again in the Spring of 2018. I'm also looking into offering several more new courses in Spring so be sure to check back here towards the end of the year to find courses that might be of interest to you.

Here is a listing of course dates and times for Fall 2017 for your scheduling needs:

TimeCourseRoomStart DateEnd Date
     
MondayTransylvania Campus (TCC)   
10–12iPad 1011409/1810/16
10–12iPhone/iPad 20114010/2312/11
1–3iPhone 1011409/1810/16
6–8:30Creating a Website w/ Google SitesTBD9/1112/4
     
TuesdayHenderson County Campus (HCC)   
10–12iPad 101Cone 1229/1210/3
10–12iPhone/iPad 201GS 13210/1712/5
1–3iPhone 101Cone 1229/1210/3
6–8:51Lightroom Made EasyTEDC 1069/512/12
     
WednesdayHenderson County Campus (HCC)   
10–1Windows 10TEDC 1199/2011/8
2–5Basic Office ComputingTEDC 1199/2011/8
     
ThursdayHenderson County Campus (HCC)   
1–3iPhone/iPad PhotographyTEDC 1199/1411/9
6–8:30Creating a Website w/ Google SitesTEDC 3059/1412/7


Update: Due to a scheduling issue the iPhone/iPad Photography will not be offered this Fall semester. We will add it to the schedule again in Spring. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Spots Available in Photoshop CC

posted May 22, 2017, 2:22 PM by T K   [ updated May 22, 2017, 2:24 PM ]

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There's still time to register for the summer term. Adobe Photoshop CC For Beginners begins tomorrow and there are still seats available. Register on the BRCC website here: http://www.blueridge.edu/ceregister

Summer Registration Opens Online

posted Apr 25, 2017, 9:49 AM by T K

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BRCC Continuing Education summer registration is now available online.

Click here for a listing of all the summer term Continuing Education classes. Use the "Search" feature to find classes by keyword, title, or instructor. See my previous post for a list of the classes I'll be teaching starting the week of May 22, 2017.

CE Registration Page on the BRCC Web site: http://www2.blueridge.edu/ceclasses/

2017 Summer Classes Announced

posted Mar 7, 2017, 8:11 AM by T K   [ updated Mar 7, 2017, 8:17 AM ]

Blue Ridge Community College Logo Summer term 2017 classes have been announced and there are many courses from which to choose. For the beginning Windows 10 user there will be the Windows 10 course. For those with a bit of Windows 10 experience but need to learn additional office computing skills there is the Basic Office Computing course that should help you get the most from Windows 10 whether you're working from home or from the office.

iPhone and iPad users can choose from the iPad Made Easy or iPhone Made Easy classes. For the budding iPhone or iPad photographers there is the iPhone/iPad Photography course that will cover topics from image capture to storing and sharing your photos to editing your photographs.

If you're a photographer and require the power of Adobe Photoshop to help you edit or create your images the Adobe Photoshop for Beginners class will get you started with the fundamental skills you will need to use the industry standard in image processing, creation, and editing software. This course will meet twice a week so that we have enough time to cover the many exciting capabilities that is a part of the Photoshop experience.

All classes begin the week of May 22nd and continue through July 25th. To see the schedule please visit my Course Calendar for times and dates of classes. I look forward to seeing you all in class this summer.

Spring 2017 Classes at BRCC

posted Dec 15, 2016, 11:24 AM by T K   [ updated Dec 15, 2016, 11:25 AM ]

The Spring semester catalog was recently mailed and made available here: BRCC Spring Continuing Education Catalog

Courses include Adobe Lightroom, Basic Office Computing, Microsoft Office 2016, Windows 10, iPhone and iPad. The Lightroom course will begin January 18th and the remaining courses will start on varying dates in February.

Also available is a Medical Administrative Assistant Exam Prep/Review course beginning in February. I look forward to seeing you in classes.

Summer Courses and Registration

posted May 2, 2016, 12:03 PM by T K   [ updated May 2, 2016, 12:09 PM ]


The BRCC summer courses are now available online as a downloadable PDF here. An online and searchable listing of classes way be found here. On this page you can enter a search term in the space provided to narrow down the list. You may search by course title, subject, or by instructor's name.

My summer course will cover both iPad and iPhone, iPhone/iPad Photography, Basic Mac, Windows 10, Basic Office Computing, and Publishing Using Adobe Creative Cloud. Descriptions may be found in the Courses and Resources section on this Web site as well as the online registration link on BRCC's Web site. A schedule of my courses can be found on the Calendar page of my Web site as well. 

Classes Canceled

posted Jan 26, 2016, 11:33 AM by T K   [ updated Jan 26, 2016, 11:33 AM ]

Attention Photoshop students! Both BRCC campuses will be closed this evening, January 26th. We will NOT have class. We will discuss how best to make up the lost time. Stay safe.

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