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Personal Computing and Technology

Professional Development

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Meramec | Online

From using a mouse and keyboarding to online commerce, research and security, build your knowledge of PCs and technology.

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Continuing Education

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314-984-7777

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Class schedules subject to change.

Classes offered in-person may be rescheduled, canceled or transitioned to an online format based on COVID-19 guidelines. Students are required to follow COVID-19 guidelines for classroom participation, which may include, but is not limited to, use of masks and social distancing requirements. For the latest requirements, review STLCC’s COVID-19 Information page.

Unless otherwise specified in the course description, registration for online classes closes three business days prior to the class start date.

PCs and Technology Introduction

Build foundational computer skills and get familiar with other digital technologies. Through hands-on experience on a PC, learn essential concepts, understand commands and develop confidence. Basic terminology and functionality of computer hardware, software, printers and drives will be explored. This class is ideal for users with few or no computer skills.
COMP-701 | 1 session | $45.50 AGE 60+ | $69 REG
F01 Sa 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Jean Bradley
Dec. 11 | Online
COMP-701 | 2 sessions | $45.50 AGE 60+ | $69 REG
F02 Sa 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Jean Bradley
Nov. 6-13 | Online

iPhone® and iPad® Mobile Digital Devices: Introduction

Did you purchase an iPhone or iPad only to discover that you can barely use it? Explore the basics and functionality of the Apple iOS platform in this class. This class will discuss only Apple products; other smart phone devices will not be covered. Please note: universal functions will be taught and specific “apps” may vary from device to device. Students must bring their own iPhone/iPad device to the class.
COMP-765 | 1 session | $49 AGE 60+ | $49 REG
F02 Th 5-8 p.m. | Gregory Ray
Aug. 26 | Online
F05 W 5-8 p.m. | Gregory Ray
Oct. 6 | Online

iPhone® and iPad®: Next Steps

If you’re no longer a beginner, but not yet an expert, learn the skills to take your use to the next stage. Explore selecting and installing apps. Take, organize and share photos. Adopt shortcuts for frequently-used apps (e.g., iMessages, Safari web browser). Keep data secure. Customize your device to work better for you. If you’re an iPad user seeking to use your device as your sole computer, learn how much is possible and limitations to expect. Prerequisite: familiarity in navigating your iPhone and/or iPad or completion of our Basics course. Have your iPhone and/or an iPad and corresponding charger(s) handy when joining class.
COMP-765 | 1 session | $49 AGE 60+ | $49 REG
F09 M 6-9 p.m. | Gregory Ray
Sep. 13 | Online
F03 Th 5-8 p.m. | Gregory Ray
Oct. 21 | Online

Mac® for the Windows® Switcher

For those raised on Windows PCs, the intuitive design of Macs can be anything but. Many item names, locations and behaviors on Mac are similar, but remain different enough from PC to invite confusion. This introduction to the “Apple way” will lean on what you already know, but will translate PC-related language and function to Mac equivalents. Prerequisite: Basic computer familiarity with a recent version of Windows.
COMP-765 | 1 session | $49 AGE 60+ | $49 REG
F08 Th 5-8 p.m. | Gregory Ray
Sep. 16 | Online

Online Personal Security

Learn how to ensure your terrestrial and digital footprints are secure. Gain security best practices to protect your personal information, help prevent identity fraud and preserve data integrity. Shelter your confidentiality from those who may seek to exploit your personal information. Ask your security-related questions of a data security expert. Conduct your professional and personal electronic and communications using the most current and effective techniques.
COMP-795 | 1 session | $34.50 AGE 60+ | $49 REG
F01 Sa 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Fernando Tillman
Oct. 16 | Online

Internet Research and Investigations: Public Records

Explore a wide range of public records on the internet, and discover how to uncover real estate records, criminal records, court judgments, marriages, births, deaths and more. Prerequisite: Windows Introduction class or equivalent experience; some internet experience helpful.
COMP-742 | 1 session | $24 AGE 60+ | $35 REG
F02 Sa 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Jean Bradley
Aug. 28 | Online

Internet Research and Investigations: Consumer Information

Does my doctor have a high malpractice rate? What is the crime rate in my neighborhood? Does my contractor have a lengthy list of lawsuits? Which vehicles have crash test results? What happens if something goes wrong with an online transaction? If you are curious about the answers to any of these questions, then this class is for you. Prerequisite: Windows Introduction class or equivalent experience. Some internet experience helpful.
COMP-742 | 1 session | $24 AGE 60+ | $35 REG
F03 Sa 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Jean Bradley
Sep. 18 | Online

Internet Research and Investigations: Politics and Law

Who donated to political campaigns and when? How do I find out what initiatives are on an upcoming ballot so I can research them? Which non-profit organizations have presented summaries of candidates platforms, bill descriptions and voting records of politicians in an unbiased way? If you are curious about the answers to any of these questions, then this class is for you! Prerequisite: Windows Introduction class or equivalent experience. Some internet experience helpful.
COMP-742 | 1 session | $24 AGE 60+ | $35 REG
F04 Sa 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Jean Bradley
Oct. 16 | Online

Introduction to Cricut® Machines

Take your crafting to the next level and learn the many features of the Cricut Machine. Explore the basics of paper crafting with the powerful cutting technology and application interface of the Cricut. This class will focus on layers, welding, attaching and detaching images, writing and scoring. Students must bring their own Cricut Explore or Maker machine to class as well as an established login to the Cricut Design Space application.
COMP-755 | 1 session | $34 AGE 60+ | $45 REG
F01 Sa 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Rhonda Cross
Sep. 18 | MC-BA 122
F03 Sa 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Rhonda Cross
Oct. 9 | MC-BA 122

NEW! Introduction to Cricut® Machines: Level II

Expand and explore more of what your Cricut machine can do! Learn tricks and key steps to working with vinyl, iron-on and cardstock materials. Students must bring their own Cricut Explore or Maker machine to class as well as an established login to the Cricut Design Space application.
COMP-755 | 1 session | $34 AGE 60+ | $45 REG
F02 Sa 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Rhonda Cross
Sep. 25 | MC-BA 122
F04 Sa 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Rhonda Cross
Dec. 4 | MC-BA 122

Beyond Broadcast: TV in the Age of Streaming

“What’s on TV tonight?” was once an easily answered question through TV Guide or channel surfing. But in today’s era of smart TVs, streaming subscriptions, cord-cutting and on-demand services, finding an answer is more challenging. Survey the transition from analog broadcast to the digital age of smart devices and streaming services. Discover “what’s on,” explore how to watch, and understand what still needs an antenna.
COMP-765 | 1 session | $49 AGE 60+ | $49 REG
F13 Th 5-8 p.m. | Gregory Ray
Nov. 18 | Online

Introduction to Twitter®

Hashtag? What is a hashtag? If you’ve ever asked, this class is for you! Twitter is all the rage for Millennials and some celebrities, and an increasingly important source of information. Find out more about one of the most popular social media sites. Prerequisite: Windows Introduction class or equivalent experience.
COMP-742 | 1 session | $18 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F01 W 6-9 p.m. | Richard Vagen
Nov. 17 | Online

Introduction to Smart Home Technology

A smart home system can help you reduce energy consumption, create a more comfortable family living environment and help protect your home against intruders. Enhance your lifestyle with simple, yet sophisticated control of music, video, lights, climate and more. Please note: Smart home technology requires Wi-Fi in the home, smart phone or tablet, and knowledge of how to download apps. This class will cover concepts and functionality, but will not focus on specific product brands.
COMP-765 | 1 session | $49 AGE 60+ | $49 REG
F01 W 5-8 p.m. | Gregory Ray
Dec. 1 | Online


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