Church offers free computer classes to public

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 11:00 AM
Last updated 6:12 PM
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Free computer classes are offered at First Baptist Church of Augusta through the Computers @ First ministry. Upcoming classes include:

• File Function, a course on how to save, organize and locate documents and pictures, from 2 to 4 p.m. March 13

• Introduction to Excel, on the basics of spreadsheets, working with formulas and formatting for presentation, from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 20 and 27.

• Pics in the Camera, What Next?, a course that returns by popular demand on how to transfer, edit and organize digital photos, from 2 to 4 p.m. March 22 and 29.

• Greeting Cards, Business Cards and Labels, on using Hallmark Card Studio to create personalized greeting cards on the computer, from 2 to 4 p.m. April 26 and May 3.

The church hosts all classes in a new computer lab inside the Walton Education Building at First Baptist of Augusta, 3550 Walton Way Extension. The lab features 12 work stations, speedier internet connections and more room to move around. The computers were recently donated by the Computers for Learning program at Fort Gordon.

To register for classes, call the church office at (706) 733-2236 or email Susan Jones at

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scgator 02/23/12 - 12:53 pm
Wow, another free

Wow, another free class...........I may be the "odd man out" on this one. I am retired on SSD, and also teach computers on my own to make some extra money (and yes, I do report it as income); I charge $90.00 for a 6 week course, with two classes per week. I have developed a course that in the end will give you confidence and answers to computer use. The added plus is that you get hands on, with one on one, and you get my email and phone number if you ever need to ask a question between classes. I am not knocking the good people at FBC, but it makes it hard for people like me to compete with "freebies" made available by taxpayer money (computers donated by Ft. Gordon). It's kind of like Walmart running all the mom and pops out of business.......

JustAJoe 02/23/12 - 02:53 pm
scgator - I am sure there are

scgator - I am sure there are enough computer ignorant people to go around. Sound like what you need is marketing. So here is an idea, people obviously will have questions and need support after they finish the free course. Why not offer yourself to the people giving the free course as a way to provide a needed service they can't provide, ongoing support. I bet you could sell that somewhere. ? Doesn't long term repeat business sound good?

david jennings
david jennings 02/23/12 - 03:49 pm
They have an excellent

They have an excellent program at the Kroc, and I have attended for a couple months, and it is free and has helped very much. Why would I want to pay for something I can get for time invested?

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