REGISTRATION PROCESS

Please go the Google Form link provided above to register.  Each 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.  If you wish to register for more than two classes, you will need to fill out the form twice. For the computer classes, you will select one of the locations and times. 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 because you do not have one, you will be texted or called.)  You will be given details 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.  Please make sure to enter a valid email address and valid cell phone number so we can contact you.

LOCATIONS IN TUSCALOOSA & NORTHPORT

The Tuscaloosa Gateway (“The Gateway”):  2614 University Blvd East.
The Edge Center for Entrepreneurship (“The Edge”):  NEW BUILDING: 2627 Tenth Ave. McDonald Hughes Community Center:  3103 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Hasson Community Center:  1513 12th St in Northport
McAbee Senior Center:  3801 Loop Rd, by Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center
Holt Senior Center:  4001 Alabama Ave NE in Holt
Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center:  Loop Rd, 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
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, 9 sessions, once a week.
Seniors:  Mondays 9:30 am at McAbee Senior Center, Thursdays 9:00 am at Holt Senior Center
Open to all ages, including seniors and teens:  Mondays 6:00 pm at Hasson Center, Tuesdays 3:30 pm at McDonald Hughes, Tuesdays 5:30 pm at The Edge, Wednesdays 10:00 am at McDonald Hughes, Wednesdays 12:30 pm at The Gateway, Wednesdays 5:30 pm at The Gateway.
Open to veterans:  Wednesdays at 10:30 am or Tuesdays at 1:00 pm 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, 9 sessions, once a week.
Seniors:  Mondays 9:30 am at McAbee Senior Center, Thursdays 9:00 am at Holt Senior Center
Open to all ages, including seniors:  Mondays 6:00 pm at Hasson Center, Tuesdays 3:30 pm at McDonald Hughes, Tuesdays 5:30 pm at The Edge, Wednesdays 10:00 am at McDonald Hughes, Wednesdays 12:30 pm at The Gateway, Wednesdays 5:30 pm at The Gateway.
Open to veterans:  Wednesdays at 10:30 am or Tuesdays at 1:00 pm 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 5:30 pm at The Edge or Wednesdays 9:00 am at The Edge

Professional Development
Enhance your career skills to improve your job marketability and professionalism. Topics include:  (1) resumes, (2) interviews, (3) online applications, (4) communication, (5) email etiquette, (6) business attire, (7) career planning and goal-setting, and (8) conflict resolution. This participant-driven, activity-based course will be led by a group of trained University students and guest speakers who will guide you through the professional curriculum.  75 minutes, 8 sessions, one per week.
Mondays 5:30 pm at The Gateway

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.
Wednesdays 5:30 pm at McDonald Hughes

Youth Tutoring
You will be individually tutored by a trained University undergraduate or graduate student.  All ages from 8-15 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 be paired with one other community member of similar ability studying the same subject or you will work by yourself with your own tutor. Your UA student-tutor will guide both of you (or just you individually) 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.) 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 and professional development classes, the material will be learned in small groups through activities and exercises.  

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 9 weeks, meeting once a week. Most classes start the first week of February 2019. 

Expectations of your participation in the class:
We are treating this as an academic course where timeliness and attendance are required. We want this to be a professional and valuable program. 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 have to reassign your volunteer. We understand that one class may be missed, but please treat this as a weekly commitment.

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