Computer, First Aid and after-school classes at Education Center

By Rosalind Marshall
Special to The SUN

Photo courtesy Rosalind Marshall Instructor Pat Attanasio teaches an Excel computer class at the Archuleta County Education Center. The center will offer a variety of computer skill classes this spring

Photo courtesy Rosalind Marshall
Instructor Pat Attanasio teaches an Excel computer class at the Archuleta County Education Center. The center will offer a variety of computer skill classes this spring

Spring is the time for new beginnings, and a variety of new computer skills can be learned at the Education Center this spring.

The highly popular Social Networking class will be repeated on Wednesday, March 13, 6-8 p.m., instructed by Kristin Hopper. This class covers Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and how to set up a blog. The cost is $40 and, as with all of our computer classes, students can bring their own laptops or use the PCs at the Education Center.

A Microsoft Publisher class will also be held on March 9, 9 a.m.-noon. Publisher is for designing brochures, cards, invitations and flyers, and students will learn how to use textboxes, backgrounds and images. This class is $50, and will be instructed by Pat Attanasio.

Intro to Computers will be held Saturday, March 23, 9 a.m.-noon, for individuals who want to get to know their computer. This class will cover basic skills for computer use, including intro to the Internet, creating short cuts, all Windows platforms and setting up your home page. Intro to Computer will also be taught by Pat Attanasio and will be $50.

Two levels of QuickBooks classes will be held May 4 and 11, taught by Betty Woollard. For complete information, please see our website,

First Aid/CPR is held monthly, with a variety of class times to suit everyone’s schedule. The March classes will be Monday, March 18, and Wednesday, March 20, from 6-10 p.m. Sign up early to avoid class cancellation. For spring rafting guides and summer outfitters, two recertification classes will be held in May, so start looking for that almost-expired certificate, which is required to be eligible for a recertification class.

Our after-school enrichment classes are very popular at the elementary school. Miss Tessie’s art class is held Wednesday or Thursday, and cooking programs are Monday or Tuesday, both take place 3:30-5 p.m. On Fridays, a longer session is available from 1:30-5 p.m., with a variety of activities.

Elementary enrichment will continue on the same schedule for March/April up to spring break, and registration is monthly. Friday enrichment programs at the middle school include a babysitter’s workshop in April. This class, which runs twice a year, is always popular, so sign up early. The dates will be April 5, 19 and 26, and May 3, and the cost is $30.

Our after-school K-8 tutoring sessions have been well-attended, and students are experiencing the benefit of help with homework and individually targeted support with school work to stay at grade level. Tutoring is available Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday at the elementary school and Monday through Thursday at the middle school. Although a one-time annual registration fee of $15 is required, the tutoring is free, due to grants and donations.

College classes from Southwest Colorado Community College at the Education Center are facilitated through partnership with PCC. The Education Center’s state-of-the-art video teleconferencing technology permits a wide variety of classes, as the students can videoconference with instructors from other locations. For more information about the SCCC College classes, go to

ACEC also hosts The Alternative High School Diploma Program (AHSDP), which is administered by Southwest Colorado Community College, a division of Pueblo Community College.

Save the date for the Education Center’s Silver Star Celebration 25th anniversary fund-raising luncheon, Wednesday, March 20, noon-1 p.m. at Centerpoint Church. Tickets are available for a minimum donation of $40 on the website or at the Education Center office. The featured speaker will be Finessa Ferrell, director of health and wellness at the Colorado Legacy Foundation. Ferrell’s presentation is titled, “The Heart-Mind Connection: Helping Students Achieve Success.” Student speakers from the Ed Center’s many programs at the Education Center will also have the opportunity to tell their stories, and lunch will be catered by the Alley House Grille.

For more information, or to register for classes (at least three days prior to the class to avoid class cancellations), visit the website,, where you can register and pay with PayPal. Or drop by The Education Center office (264-2835) on the corner of 4th and Lewis streets. Office hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

This story was posted on February 28, 2013.