The Aiken SeniorNet Learning Center is staffed entirely by volunteers. The volunteers are all older than 50 years old, as are the students. Their teaching method is for seniors to teach seniors.


The Aiken SeniorNet Winter session has already started, but there are still openings in the four-week SRN101 Beginning Computer course for students with no prior computer experience. This course starts on Feb. 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. with a free mousing workshop, then continues on four consecutive Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. starting Feb. 12. The cost is $45.


SeniorNet also offers the SRN102 Computer Basics course which starts on Feb. 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. and continues for eight consecutive Tuesdays. This course is for seniors who already have the ability to use the mouse, can cut-and-paste, drag-and-drop and open programs and applications.


It is an introductory eight-week, 16-hour course focusing on Windows 7 basics and settings, file management, use of WordPad, working with pictures, the Internet and email. The final lesson introduces other applications that are available to the home computer user. Seniors who complete the SRN102 Computer Basics course will have a sound understanding of their computer, and how to make it work for them.


There are still openings for more advanced computer users in the four-week Web Page Design Basics course. The course will introduce seniors to the basics of building a web page using Hyper Text Markup Language programming tags. This four-week course, (a prerequisite for the advanced eight-week course in Web Page Design and Construction that will be offered in April), begins on Feb. 12 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $45. You will also need to bring your own flash drive for saving classroom exercises.


In response to student demand we have expanded our Friday workshop offerings. These are one-date, two-hour short courses on a single topic. All workshops cost $20.00.


• Computer Security, Friday, 9-11 a.m. — Learn about protecting your identity and computer from viruses, worms, adware, spyware, and malware. Free security tools will be covered.


• Computer Maintenance, Friday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. — Learn to keep your hard drive clean and fast, use a USB drive to back up your data, install memory, replace CD/DVD drives and video cards, and more. • Ace Money Lite, Feb. 21, 9-11 a.m. — This is a free program that you can use to keep track of your finances. Ace Money is a checkbook manager, budgeting tool, and investment tracker. With it you can track expenses, check you portfolio, and easily do your financial math.


• The World of Windows 8, Feb. 28, 9-11 a.m. — In this workshop you will learn the features of Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 8. The features to be covered include the status bar, toolbars, window management, and how to find and use the features that you liked in Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.


• Online Banking: Easy, Safe and Secure, March 7, 9-11 a.m. — In this workshop you will experience viewing and managing your online accounts including; making transfers, paying bills, downloading and printing your account information. This basic information can be used with any financial institution that offers online banking. Sample accounts used in this workshop are provided by our Aiken friends at Security Federal Bank.


• Backing Up Your Computer, March 14, 9-11 a.m. — Computers fail and files can be accidentally erased. Malware can corrupt your computer’s memory, or your machine may simply get old and quit working. Whatever the cause of a problem, backing up the data on your computer is easier and less painful than trying to find it and re-enter it from many different locations. In this workshop, you will learn how to protect your files and data by simple techniques for backing up your data and cloning your computer.


• Making a Creative Movie, March 14, 12:30-2:30 p.m. — Learn how to tell your story in style—how to create a polished movie from photos and videos using the free Movie Maker software. Here you will learn how to add transitions, animations, special effects, captions, titles, and music. Your completed movie can then be saved in many formats for sharing.


The fee for each workshop is $20. All workshops are held at the SeniorNet Learning Center beside the USCA tennis courts. You may register for any of these courses or workshops in person by seeing Laura Anderson at the USA Office of Continuing Education in room 113 of the Business and Education Building on the USCA campus. Call 641-3563 for directions, or for information on workshop availability. You may also register by mail using the registration form found on our website www.aikenseniornet.com.