By Mehgaan Jones
Small business owner, Gloria Henry, of Jonesboro, knows that her company is growing. In order to stay abreast of the ever-changing world of technology, the 46-year-old said she decided to put her fears aside and take computer courses.
"I want to be in control of my own destiny within my company," said Henry, who owns a personal care home, which teaches people with disabilities life-skills, such as washing dishes and making beds.
She said she feels lost in her company without the basic knowledge of computers. "I know that there are things that I cannot do without technology," she said.
Henry is one of many beginning computer-class students, who have decided to step into the age of technology, at the Headquarters Library, in Jonesboro. The classes are part of a series, designed for adults who have little or no experience using a computer mouse and keyboard, creating documents, setting up free e-mail accounts and exploring the web, according to library staff members.
On Monday, the class instructor, Terran McCanna, virtual services librarian for the Clayton County Library System, patiently showed the students how to use a mouse, and how to properly shut down the machine.
McCanna explained that "students [in the courses] have either never touched a computer, or have very little experience." She added that some people, based upon their background, have never been around a computer. "The classes give students a broader understanding of computers," she said.
Mary Carithers, 82, of Morrow, has had a new computer for three years, but said she has yet to use it, because of illness and lack of knowledge. "I will have to start from zero," she said.
Instructor McCanna said that using a computer can be overwhelming and intimidating for someone who has not had any exposure to computers. "Our goal is to help people get to the point where they can practice and continue learning on their own."
McCanna added that the series of classes is taught every month, so people can call at any time to sign up for the next month's series.
To sign up for the course, visit the information desk at the Headquarters Library, located at 865 Battle Creek Road, or call (770) 473-3850.
November computer course schedule:
Computer Basics Part 1:
Introduction to Computers-Part 1:
Basic parts of a computer, how to use a keyboard, how to use a mouse, and an introduction to Microsoft Windows. Monday, Nov. 8, 3 p.m., to 5 p.m.
Computer Basics Part 2:
Introduction to Computers-Part 2:
Brief Introduction to creating documents, program menus, saving and organizing files, and copying and pasting. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 3 p.m., to 5 p.m.
Computer Basics Part 3:
Introduction to the Web
Terminology, using a web browser, using a search engine, online safety tips. Friday, Nov. 12, 3 p.m., to 5 p.m.
Computer Basics Part 4:
Introduction to E-mail
How to use Yahoo! How to send, receive, save, and organize e-mail messages. Monday, Nov. 15, 3 p.m., to 5 p.m.
Computer Basics Part 5:
Introduction to Microsoft Word
Create, edit and save documents. Thursday, Nov. 18, 3 p.m., to 5 p.m.