Blinn College’s A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center is introducing a five-course series of classes teaching basic computer skills.

The series, Computer Basics: Word Processing and Windows, will take place from 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 9 – April 2, in Room 110, the Hodde computer lab.

The hands-on class is designed to provide basic computer skills that job-seekers will need to survive in a fast-changing workplace. This is the first time that the Hodde Center will offer these basic classes.

“Computer skills and knowledge are essential no matter where you work,” said David Yeager, Hodde Center director. “Any job candidate who already possesses these skills will stand above those who do not.”

The first course, How to Use a Computer, covers basic computer use, from how to turn on a computer and navigate the hardware. The remaining courses cover the Microsoft Office Suite and show students how to create text documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Students do not need to take all the courses and can sign up for individual courses.

How to use a Computer, How to Use Microsoft Suite and How to use PowerPoint are each $25, while How to use Microsoft Word and How to use Microsoft Excel are each $60. Scholarships provided through the Blinn College Foundation for Hodde Technical Education students make these course prices possible.

  • How to use a Computer begins Feb. 9.
  • How to use Microsoft Suite begins Feb. 16.
  • How to use Microsoft Word begins Feb. 23.
  • How to use Microsoft Excel begins Mar. 9.
  • How to use PowerPoint begins Mar. 30.

Registration is available for all courses and the registration deadline for “How to use a Computer” is Feb. 6.

The 12,000-square foot A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center was built in 2009 to provide local training for a quality, viable workforce in Washington and the surrounding communities. As part of Blinn’s Division of Workforce Education, its staff works in cooperation with local businesses to provide a well-trained workforce that strengthens the local economy. For more information on the Hodde Center and it course offerings, call 979-830-4443 or visit:

Story Courtesy of Blinn College


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