NWC News Desk

An introduction to computers and to the Y generation coming up in late March

Posted March 14, 2008

P O W E L L, W y o. - Two of the most pivotal things to understand in today's fast-changing world - computers and the millennial generation - will be covered in noncredit workshops coming in March to the Northwest College Cody Center for Training and Development.

Introduction to Computers will meet from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursday, March 25, 27 and April 1. This class is designed for anyone who would like to learn computer fundamentals, including using a mouse and computer keyboard, organizing folders, preparing and printing documents, and acquiring a basic knowledge of how to use the Internet.

Participants will become familiar with rudimentary computer terminology, settings and elements of the Windows XP operating system, accessing online help and other basic computer functions. The class also covers Web browsing, searching and other features needed to move around on the World Wide Web.

The registration deadline is Thursday, March 20, and cost is $45, which includes a manual.

Danel LaRose will talk about the "ABC's of Working with the Millennial Generation Y's" Friday, March 28, from 1-5 p.m. For those who find generational differences a challenge in the workplace, this class will help explain some of those differences and offer solutions for a more productive working environment.

"This mini-seminar gives a wonderful foundation for anyone wanting to work more effectively with the new workforce entering the business world," LaRose said. "These 20- and 30-somethings bring new skill sets and abilities that are vital to the success of the business world today, but how do we get them to value work?"

To answer that question, she'll offer a basic overview of the current generation gap in the workplace, focusing on the communication and work styles of young adults who are now entering the workforce. She'll help participants evaluate their current business processes and how they can make or break the success of employees, managers and company practices in this millennium.

This four-hour course is the center's introductory class for the Millennial Employers Success Program (MESP) and a prerequisite for the MESP Certificate. Cost is $50 per person. Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 25. It will be offered again from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 19, and Tuesday, May 6.

For more information or to register, e-mail Carolyn Thomalla or call (307) 587-3506.