Computer Classes

June Computer Classes


Intro to Microsoft Office Word

Monday, June 11, 10:00 am, Computer Lab

 or call 217-424-2900 x. 7.

We will cover basic Microsoft Word Basics, resume building, creating and saving a document, using the library catalog and databases, and much, much more.


Gale Courses online (for DPL card holders)
Introduction to Microsoft Word 2016

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 10:00 am, Computer lab

 or call 217-424-2900 x. 7.

Staff will assist in signing participants up for the six week online course. Participants may use the computer lab weekly to complete these online classes (if available).

One of the most basic skills needed in any job is writing reports and letters using Microsoft Word 2016. In this course, you’ll gain the foundational skills you need to make the most of this powerful program.

Learn how to add and edit text; move words from one part of your document to another; work on two or more documents simultaneously; and format your text. Learn how to save, retrieve, copy, organize, and print your documents.

Learn dozens of ways to modify the appearance and content of your documents by adjusting page margins, paragraph tab settings, and line spacing to create great-looking documents quickly and easily.

Use Word’s spell and grammar checker, to catch typos and grammatical mistakes before you print or share your document with others. You’ll also explore the program’s thesaurus feature, which can help you find exactly the right word.

About The Instructor

Wallace Wang is the author of over 40 computer books including “Microsoft Office 2016 For Dummies.”


Intro to Microsoft Office Excel

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 10:00 am, Computer Lab

 or call 217-424-2900 x. 7.

This class is an introduction to Excel for those with little or no experience using spreadsheets. Participants will create a basic spreadsheet, perform simple formatting (alignment, numbers, font style and size), sort, print, and save a spreadsheet.


Gale Courses Online (for DPL card holders)
Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2016

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 11:00 am, Computer Lab

 or call 217-424-2900 x. 7.

Staff will assist in signing participants up for the six week online course. Participants may use the computer lab weekly to complete these online classes (if available).

These lessons will teach you dozens of shortcuts and tricks for setting up fully formatted worksheets quickly and efficiently. You’ll also learn the secrets behind writing powerful mathematical formulas and discover how to use the function wizard to quickly and automatically calculate statistics, loan payments, future value, and more.

In addition, you’ll get tips on sorting and analyzing data, designing custom charts and graphs, creating three-dimensional workbooks, building links between files, endowing your worksheets with decision-making capabilities, and automating frequently-repeated tasks with macros and buttons. This informative course covers Quick Analysis, Flash Fill, and powerful charting capabilities available in Excel 2016.

About The Instructor

Chad Wambolt is a graduate of Boise State University, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in accounting. He has spent his entire professional career in the finance field, working for both privately and publicly held companies with sales ranging from $500 million to $3 billion.


Gale Courses online (for DPL card holders)
Prepare for the GED® Math Test

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 11:00 am, Computer Lab

 or call 217-424-2900 x. 7.

Staff will assist in signing participants up for the six week online course. Participants may use the computer lab weekly to complete these online classes (if available).

Master the skills required to pass the Mathematical Reasoning module in the GED® test series. You’ll start off with a review of math basics and begin building the foundation you’ll need to solve the types of math problems commonly found on the test. In the process, you’ll develop hands-on experience with percentages, proportions, statistics, algebra, geometry, and more.

Each lesson gives you a chance to apply your knowledge by practicing with the same kind of questions you may find on the GED® test. By the time you finish this course, you’ll be much more comfortable with your math skills, and you’ll know how, when, and why to use each math concept you learn.

Important: Some GED® Testing Centers require proof that you have passed a GED® test preparation course or the official practice tests before you can take the official GED® tests. Before enrolling in this course, please check with the official GED® Testing Center where you intend to take your tests to make sure that this course will meet their requirements. As of 2014, not all states use the GED® test as their test for high school equivalency diploma.

*GED® is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education and may not be used without permission. The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service LLC under license. THIS WORK IS NOT AUTHORIZED, ENDORSED, OR LICENSED BY AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION OR GED TESTING SERVICE, AND ANY REFERENCE TO “GED” IN THE TITLE OR BODY OF THIS WORK IS IN NO WAY INTENDED TO IMPLY AN AFFILIATION WITH, OR SPONSORSHIP BY, GED TESTING SERVICE OR ANY STATE OR ENTITY AUTHORIZED TO PROVIDE GED®-BRANDED GOODS OR SERVICES.

About the Instructor

Barbara Rolston holds a master’s degree and has been teaching GED® preparatory classes since 1975 in a variety of settings, including adult schools, community colleges, and large corporations.


Gale Courses online (for DPL card holders)
Creating Web Pages

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 11:00 am, Computer lab

 or call 217-424-2900 x. 7.

Staff will assist in signing participants up for the six week online course. Participants may use the computer lab weekly to complete these online classes if available).

Create and post your very own Web site on the Internet using HTML in this extensive, hands-on, six week workshop. First, you’ll learn about the capabilities of the World Wide Web and the fundamentals of web design. Then, with your instructor’s patient guidance, you’ll plan the content, structure and layout of your Web site, create pages full of neatly formatted text, build links between the pages and to the outside world, and add color, backgrounds, graphics, and tables. You’ll also learn critical and timely information on securing the best possible location in search engine listings, and powerful no-cost or low-cost web marketing strategies.

About The Instructor

With over 100 published books to his name, award-winning author Alan Simpson is widely regarded as a computer and Internet guru. His books have been published throughout the world in over a dozen languages.


There are three additional options:

  • Lynda.com – Lynda.com is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 3,000 courses that include over 130,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile.
  • Gales Courses – Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online.   As a Decatur Public Library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. Computer Fundamental classes include Keyboarding, Introduction to Microsoft Excel, and Introduction to Windows. These classes can be taken at the library or at home.
  • DMCOC – If you are looking for a job, but lack computer skills. If you don’t know much about computers, but want to learn. Decatur Macon County Opportunities Corporation may be able to help you. Classes include Keyboarding, Computer Basics, Learning the Internet, and using Microsoft Word and Excel. Enrollment is by appointment only. Call 428-0155 for an appointment.
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