Diane Dalton has over 20 years of professional experience in systems and software engineering in a variety of exciting fields. She received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University.
Diane joined Rockingham Community College as an Instructor in Computer Technologies to allow her to share her knowledge and experience with new technology students of all ages. Diane can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AZ asks: I have to go back to work and I don’t know how to use a computer! What do you recommend?
I highly encourage everyone to develop some basic computer skills so that you are qualified for more job opportunities. You can take beginner computer classes through Adult Continuing Education courses or through Community College credit courses.
AZ asks: Do I have to enter college officially? No – you can take courses through the Continuing Education programs without enrolling as a student. If you decide that you want to work towards a degree or a certificate that could possibly open more job opportunities to you, then you would need to enroll as a college student.
AZ asks: Am I too old to go to class? You are never too old to learn something new. There are many mature students in the introductory computer classes who have returned to college after being laid off or raising a family or perhaps going through the experience of divorce or widowhood. I have students in my classes including adults in their 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s. Some people have a fear of computers because they have never used them and they think they are too complicated. Once you have learned some of the basic terminology and how to use computers for simple tasks, the fear fades away. You may even find out how much you enjoy your new skill.
AZ asks: What jobs would I be qualified to get? After taking the Introductory computer class, you will be able to operate a computer allowing you to do some word processing and spreadsheet work. With these skills you could apply for jobs in an office environment doing data entry or clerical work. You might also be ready for a manufacturing job where computers are used.