Fort Hays State University has announced a new series of short-term computer classes as part of a new non-credit learning opportunity called Silver Tigers.
Anyone 50 and over can participate. The only pre-requisite is a desire to learn. No high school or college degrees are necessary.
Last summer FHSU launched a pilot program during in which more than 100 people ranging in age 50 to 82 attended classes on computer basics, e-mail, Internet and genealogy research. Participants came from as far away as Hoisington and Oakley. The success of last summer's programs and the demand for additional classes paved the way for the development of this new series.
Beginning Aug. 2 and continuing through Dec. 9, six different three-week classes will each be offered twice.
During the first three-week session, classes will meet Monday/Tuesday for individuals with limited or no computer experience and Wednesday/Thursday for intermediate users. A novice learner may progress through each of the six topics to become an intermediate user. The intermediate learner will find classes to improve current skills and interact with several software applications. To accommodate people working full time, part time or those enjoying retirement, each day?s classes will be offered twice, once from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and again from 6:30-8 p.m.
Christiane "Criquet" Sar-Cole, who taught the pilot program last year, is the instructor. Before coming to Fort Hays State University, Sar-Cole developed and taught similar modules for the Senior Adults Computer Lab at Garden City Community College.
"I, too, am a person over 50, who did not grow up with the computer in the classroom," said Sar-Cole. "I understand how difficult it can be to learn computer skills. And those how-to books may as well be written in Latin!"
Enrolling is simple. Each class is only $45, plus a one-time semester fee of $35. All class materials are included. Discounts are available for enrolling in multiple classes. To receive a brochure or obtain more information about enrolling, contact Sar-Cole at (785) 628-5241.