Registration Process

Please go the Google Form link provided above to register. The form allows you to register for up to two classes. You have the option of just registering for one class by indicating that you only want the one class on the form. For the computer classes, you will select one of the locations and times, unless you actually want to attend more than one computer class each week. Our classes are open to everyone. There are no requirements or costs.

You will be contacted via email with a confirmation of your registration within 7 days.  (If you do not provide an email address because you do not have one, you will be texted or called.) One week prior to the first day of class, you will be contacted with more detailed information, including directions, parking, and other information you may need. You will also be reminded by text a couple of days before the start of the first class.

Classes start the second week of September 2019, except for QuickBooks classes which start the third week of September.

Tuscaloosa & Northport Locations


The Tuscaloosa Gateway “The Gateway”
2614 University Blvd. East, Tuscaloosa, AL

The EDGE Center for Entrepreneurship “The Edge”
2627 10th Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL

McDonald Hughes Community Center
3101 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL

Hasson Community Cetner
1513 12th St, Northport, AL

McAbee Senior Center
3801 Loop Rd, Tuscaloosa, AL
next to Tuscaloosa VA

Holt Senior Center
4001 Alabama Ave NE, Holt, AL

Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center
3701 Loop Rd East, Tuscaloosa, AL
Bldg 63 (through Bldg 135), Patient Education Library

Class Descriptions

Computer Skills Training (choose one): Computer for Beginners, Microsoft Excel Beginner or Intermediate, Word Beginner or Intermediate, PowerPoint, Social Media
Choose one of the course subjects above at one of the times below. You will be individually tutored by a trained and knowledgeable University student.  Computer skills are learned best in a working laboratory where you use the software and receive guidance in performing tasks. The University LIFT program awards certification in the subject upon successful completion of the entire course. Computer for Beginners covers basic skills, including Internet Explorer, web searches, Email, Google Docs, navigating Windows, file maintenance, social media, and an introduction to Microsoft Office.  Computers are provided, or you can bring your own. Follow the curriculum provided for the courses or design your own course.  75 minutes, 8 sessions, once a week.
Seniors:  Mondays 1:00 pm & Wednesdays 9:30 am at McAbee Senior Center, Thursdays 9:00 am at Holt Senior Center
Open to all ages, including seniors and teens:  Mondays 10:00 am at McDonald Hughes, Mondays 12:00 pm at Gateway, Tuesdays 5:30 pm at The Edge, Wednesdays 3:30 pm at McDonald Hughes, Wednesdays 5:30 pm at The Gateway.
Open to veterans & family:  Mondays 10:00 am & Wednesdays 9:00 am at Tuscaloosa VA

iPhone & iPad Skills for All Ages
Learn to unlock the potential of your iPhone or iPad with an individual tutor. You will direct the topics covered based on your needs, which may include help with using these functions:(1) Mail, (2) Messages, (3) Calendar, (4) Camera & Photos, (5) Settings, (6) Safari, (7) Apps, (8) security features, and (9) updates. Follow the curriculum provided for the courses or design your own course.
75 minutes, 8 sessions, once a week.
Seniors:  Mondays 1:00 pm or Wednesdays 9:30 am at McAbee Senior Center, Thursdays 9:00 am at Holt Senior Center
Open to all ages, including seniors and teens:  Mondays 10:00 am at McDonald Hughes, Mondays 12:00 pm at Gateway, Tuesdays 5:30 pm at The Edge, Wednesdays 3:30 pm at McDonald Hughes, or Wednesdays 5:30 pm at The Gateway.
Open to veterans & family:  Mondays 10:00 am or Wednesdays 9:00 am at Tuscaloosa VA

QuickBooks Software & Bookkeeper Training
Learn the bookkeeping and accounting software directly through individual tutoring on University laptops by trained accounting students. The course incorporates an overview of the basics of accounting and financial statements to enhance the value of the software skills. The University LIFT program awards certification in the subject upon successful completion of the entire course. This course prepares participants for jobs that require bookkeeping skills and to assist individuals in running a small business. Basic computer skills are a prerequisite.  75 minutes, 9 sessions, one per week.
Mondays 9:00 am or Wednesdays 5:30 pm at The Edge

Business Communication
Develop and improve communication skills used in the workplace and in a professional business environment. Topics covered include (1) planning and executing presentations, (2) producing reports and proposals, (3) adapting your communication to your audience, (4) professional writing skills, and (5) strategies for communication in the workplace. This participant-driven, activity-based course will be led by a group of trained University students, staff, and guest speakers who will guide you through the professional curriculum.  75 minutes, 9 sessions, one per week.
Tuesdays 5:30 pm at The Edge

Youth Tutoring
Youth will be individually tutored by a trained University undergraduate or graduate student.  All ages are welcome. 90 minutes, 8 sessions, one per week.
Tuesdays or Thursdays 6:00 pm at Hasson Center

Class Format

For computer classes, you will work by yourself with your own tutor or you will be paired with one other community member of similar ability studying the same subject. Your UA student-tutor will guide you through exercises and problems based on a professional academic curriculum we have developed and tested. (It is common that you will end up with your own individually assigned tutor, especially after the first week.) The material will be learned in a hands-on environment and in an interactive mode. We will proceed at your pace, slowing down or increasing speed as necessary to achieve maximum learning. The UA student will be trained prior to the start of your classes. Class leaders, graduate assistants, and faculty will supervise the student-tutors.

For communication classes, the material will be learned in small groups through activities and exercises.  The class will be led by a University graduate student; the class is designed to be an interactive, community-learning environment.

The classes are free; our laptops (for computer classes) and materials are provided to you for use during the class periods.  You can also bring your own computer. For iPhone/iPad classes, you will need to bring your own device.

The atmosphere is friendly and informal, but purposeful and productive. Volunteers are encouraged to adapt to the participants’ base of knowledge and develop a positive relationship that fosters growth and confidence. Participants will receive individual attention and learn in an optimal environment.

Each class is 75 minutes in length. The classes generally run for 8 or 9 weeks, meeting once a week.

Expectations of your participation in the class:
We hope you will treat this as an academic course where timeliness and attendance are expected. We want this to be a professional and valuable program. To receive certification, you must attend each class in the series unless you have an illness or emergency. If you miss more than 2 classes in the series, you will not be able to receive certification, and we will need to reassign your volunteer.

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