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Popular Computer Classes Begin Soon at VGCC Franklin Campus

Vance-Granville Community College will offer several of its popular computer-related classes for area residents this fall on the college’s Franklin County Campus, located on N.C. 56 just west of Louisburg.The “Beginner’s Guide to Computers & Internet” course is the perfect first class for students who have limited knowledge of computers. Microsoft Windows XP will be used to introduce novice students to the common components and many uses of personal computers through the Windows environment. Additionally, students will explore web sites by using a browser, learn how to access information on the Internet by using search engines, and send and receive email messages. This course will be offered on Monday evenings from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., Aug. 20 through Oct. 1.Another evening class will help students make money while cleaning out their attics, basements, and storage buildings. “Buy and Sell on eBay” is designed to teach the skills necessary to register and function as a buyer and seller on eBay (www.ebay.com). Students will learn how to properly research, photograph and list items for sale. Additionally, they will learn how to track auction progress and complete the sale including receiving payment, shipment, tracking shipment, problem resolution and the feedback system. Related auction services for payment, shipment and products will also be covered in this class. The course is scheduled for Wednesdays from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., Sept. 5 through Oct. 10.One course will teach users about QuickBooks 2006, a powerful accounting system for small businesses. In this introductory course, students will be given an opportunity for hands-on practice. They will learn the types of information that businesses need to track and how to enter that information and track it in QuickBooks. Students will learn to invoice customers, record payments for customers, pay bills to outside vendors, manage inventory and analyze financial data. This course will be taught on Tuesday nights from 6 until 10 p.m., Sept. 11 through Oct. 16.Another class will focus on Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, two of the most popular and widely used components of the Microsoft Office suite. Students will familiarize themselves with the Word environment, create, revise, and save documents, and learn essential shortcuts for basic tasks. During the Excel portion of the course, students will create, edit, format, and print Excel worksheets, construct basic formulas, and learn tips and tricks that will make working with Excel a more efficient process. This class will be offered in two sessions, one during the day and one in the evening: Mondays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., Sept. 24 through Oct. 29, and Thursdays from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., Oct. 4 through Nov. 8.The registration cost for each course is $55, plus a $3 technology fee.For more information and to pre-register for one or more of these classes, call VGCC’s Franklin campus at (919) 496-1567.