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March Class Schedule For Public Computing Center

OSWEGO, NY – The Public Computing Center at Oswego Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of a second Introduction to Computers class for the month of March.  The new class, consisting of 8 sessions, will be held on Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon, beginning on Monday, March 5.

Janet Becker (standing) looks on as Instructor Mary Fran Yafchak (on the left) demonstrates a point in an Introduction to Computers class to Marilyn O’Connell, George O’Connell and Chuck Brancato (seated, left to right).
Janet Becker (standing) looks on as Instructor Mary Fran Yafchak (on the left) demonstrates a point in an Introduction to Computers class to Marilyn O’Connell, George O’Connell and Chuck Brancato (seated, left to right).

The new Intro to Computers was added in response to overwhelming interest on the part of RSVP (Retired Senior and Volunteer Program) members to learn computer skills.  Another section of Introduction to Computers, on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons, is full.

Internet Basics also consists of 8 sessions and is held on Tuesday and Thursday in March from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. beginning on March 6.

Two hour workshops in advanced computer skills are held on Saturdays.  This month’s offerings are:

March 3 Cloud Computing with Google Docs from 10 a.m. to noon.  In Cloud Computing you will learn to ?create and store files on the Internet, create and share documents, presentations, forms and spreadsheets using a Google Account.

March 10 Practicing Word from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  This workshop is for you if you are already familiar with word processing using MS Word 2010, but want to learn some of the finer points of the program like formatting text, inserting clip art, adjusting line spacing, and using templates.

Take Your USB, Laptop, or Camera To Class from 1 to 3 p.m.  Bring your device to class to learn how to transfer files and receive one on one help ?using a flash drive, sd card or camera with your computer.

March 17 Repairing Photos with Photoshop  from 10 a.m. to noon.  Learn how to improve digital photographs.  You can brighten, blur, fix cracks, add effects or eliminate red eye in your favorite photos.

March 24 Digital Media Club from 10 a.m. to noon. This special Saturday session of a club for young people in grades 5 through 8 is a monthly Wii fit party.

Take Your USB, Laptop, or Camera To Class from 1 to 3 p.m.  Bring your device to class to learn how to transfer files and receive one on one help ?using a flash drive, sd card or camera with your computer.

March 31 Google Sites 10 a.m. to noon.  In this workshop you’ll use a template to create a free professional or personal website, choose your layout to customize your site, and insert media.  You will also learn how to keep track of your viewers with detailed stats. This is a good workshop for a small business or for anyone who would like to sell a product online.

Creating a G-mail Account 1 to 3 p.m.  Create a g-mail account or learn more about the uses of your existing g-mail account.  Organize your g-mail with a contact list and learn how to send attachments.

All courses and workshops are free and open to the public through a Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) grant.  Oswego Public Library is located at 120 E. Second St., Oswego.

Please visit the main desk in the library or call 341-5867 to register for classes.

Workshops For Job Hunters at Public Computing Center

In March, job skills workshops are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

These two-hour workshops are designed to help people develop skills to find and get the job they want.

On March 6 and 7, the topic is Putting Your Best Foot Forward.  Instructor Mary Fran Yafchak will help participants find your hidden skills and interests, define short- and long-term job goals, and outline a personal job plan. On March 13 and 14, the topic is Legwork. In Legwork you will learn the parts & purpose of a resume, explore local and online job resources, and will discuss applying for jobs, interviewing and follow-up. On March 20 and 21 the topic is Talk the Talk. In Talk the Talk you will learn to understand the impact of words & impressions, improve one-to-one and group communication skills, and gain experience through practice exercises.

Another series of job hunting workshops is taking place on Monday evenings in March.

George Valentine, an employment services professional for nearly 20 years, will coordinate a unique set of classes in empowering the job hunter.

Valentine has developed classes which bring out the strengths in each job hunter.

The series of workshops will be held Mondays from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in March in the Community Room. Job hunters or friends and families of people either looking for work or for a step up in employment are invited to join.  People can attend all or any of the four classes individually.

Valentine noted his viewpoint is that job hunters should learn to effectively build personal strengths for landing that job.  The classes, beginning March 5, are patterned after his book The Job Hunting Tool Kit.

The first class focuses on the basic steps of appreciating what the job hunter brings to the employer through understanding what Valentine calls each individual’s “Job Hunting Oz Factor.”

The second class, on March 12, focuses on actions the job hunter can take to both navigate the search and to stand out in the crowd.   Activities here teach “how to Beat the Bulldog,” “using your cheeseburger voice” and how to appreciate the hunt from the employer’s point of view.

A third class on March 19 focuses on the fine points of the hunt including “taming your ugly fish” and “Learning from Winston Churchill.”

The series wraps up on March 26, with an active class helping the job hunter bring all the tools together to get that job.

Each class will be interactive with practical and proven exercises the job hunter can use every day.

Valentine brings a unique perspective to job hunting and participants will find these workshops to be enjoyable and entertaining as well as educational.

To sign up, please call Oswego Public Library at 341-5867, or visit the main desk in the library.

The Public Computing Center at Oswego Public Library is open every day except Sundays, with computer and job skills classes and someone to help members of the public with anything computer, technology or job search related.

In addition, the library has online tutorials to help people develop skills they need to become employed or to improve their employment status. Programs are provided free of charge through a Broadband Technology Opportunity (BTOP) grant.