Rend Lake College’s Advanced Technology Center will offer specialized classes beginning this spring to aid computer novices and to advance the vocational and technical skills of those with experience.
For the novice, RLC will offer three classes -- "Computer Maintenance for the Novice," "Computer Networking Basics" and "Introduction to Wireless Networking." These classes meet one time each from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. January 21, January 28 and February 4, respectively.
"This trio is for those who aren’t computer gurus -- ‘non-techies,’" said William Dill, Advanced Technology Division Chair. He said these courses are for those who want to know how to better operate their computers, enhance them and connect them to other computers.
"Computer Maintenance for the Novice" is a class aimed at new computer users. This mix of lecture and hands-on learning will provide students with ideas on what to do when things seem to go wrong. The two networking courses will teach students options when linking two or more computers together and will cover the necessary hardware and potential pitfalls, Dill said.
He said students taking all three courses will receive a free software package.
"National Electric Code" is an Internet-based course structured for students needing to know more about the rules and regulations associated with the NEC. Because the class is taken over the Internet, students can complete it on their own time, as long as the material is completed by May 14.
Day and night sections of "Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers" will be offered to students who have a background in electricity and need to know more about PLCs, said Dill. Students in this semester-long course will learn to program the PLC using the computer and will use RS logic as a control system.
"Electric Motors and Control Circuits" is a semester-long offering for students who have educational or work experience in dealing with three-phase transformers, motor starters and variable frequency drives, said Dill.
Students with little or no knowledge of electronics may want to take advantage of "Basic Electronics for Technicians," which covers direct current, alternating current and some digital fundamentals. Participants also will learn to use meters to measure voltage, resistance and amperage.
"GMAW/GTAW Welding" teaches students to work with wire-fed welders and to (TIG) weld aluminum and stainless steel. The courses teaches Gas Metal and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding for use in auto body and production manufacturing processes. The course lasts a full semester.
"Operating Systems" will be offered this spring for students who wish to develop an in-depth understanding of operating systems. The course also introduces students in the Computer Networking Specialist program to MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows (95/98). "Computer Maintenance" is a full-semester course directed to students who need to develop an understanding of the hardware involved with their computers. "Network Fundamentals" is a course which develops the skills needed to design, build and maintain small- to medium-sized networks.
Each of these three courses are offered in day and night sections.