Thursday, January 24, 2008

Online Computer Classes Including Vista Offered


If your brand new Christmas computer loaded with Microsoft’s new operating system Vista is giving you fits, Rio Salado College has the answer.
Beginning this week Rio Salado is offering classes on Vista. The new system is more than an upgrade from the old Windows XP, it is very different, said Rio Salado Faculty Chair Kerrie Specker.
Find a file in a few clicks, keep photos organized and create a customized movie all made easier with the new operating system.
“Vista is a whole different model for operating and for many a class to familiarize them with all the new features including the tips and tricks will be well worth the time,” said Specker.
Online classes start every Monday, and with the flexibility of online classes students can be navigating through Vista in a few short lessons at home.

Beginning students should sign up for a level 1 class and advanced students should sign up for level 2. Classes are one credit and last 14 weeks but may be accelerated to complete in less time.
Rio Salado has more than just Vista classes. The college offers a number of certificates and degrees in computer technology. Certificates available include computer usage and applications, advanced computer usage and applications, networking, programming and web design.
Once students earn a certificate many go on to finish a degree in computer technology. Certificates open the door for many jobs and a degree enhances those opportunities.
“Our certificate programs are great stepping stones for the job market. Once students complete a certificate often all they need is a few more classes to gain additional certification or they can continue on to complete a degree,” said Specker.

Rio Salado College graduate Cory Kincaid knows from experience computer classes are a valuable skill when it comes to entering the job market. An applications developer and SharePoint Administrator for Avnet Inc., Kincaid received his Associate of Applied Science in Computer Technology with the Highest Distinction from Rio Salado in 2007. While pursuing his degree he participated in the first annual Avnet Tech Games, a computer technology competition, in which his team placed second in the e-Commerce Web Design competition. After completing the competition Kincaid was offered a job at Avnet.

Both the college distance learning format and the real world experiences he gained from class assignments were instrumental in his obtaining a job, said Kincaid.

“Instructors were very engaging and I was able to apply the skills I was learning in class to my jobs. That really made my experience at Rio Salado very enjoyable,” said Kincaid who worked for Mesa Community College in the IT department, the Business Department, and as Webmaster for the student newspaper while going to college.
Avnet has been impressed with the Rio grad.

“I was most impressed with Cory’s use of technical knowledge, decision-making, and problem-solving skills to create effective solutions for Avnet’s customer. Additionally, his educational background gave him the ability to effectively communicate and deliver that solution. He has been an excellent asset to my IT team and he was well prepared as he entered the highly-competitive job market,” said Sonny Horton, Director IT, eBusiness for Avnet Inc.
Initially Kincaid earned his certification in computer applications, but when he realized taking more classes would lead to a degree he went on to finish.

At Rio Salado a certificate in web design, programming or networking can be earned in less than a year at just 34 credits. An associate in computer technology can be earned in two years going full-time.

“Computer technology is a promising field with lots of potential for growth,” said Specker.
Rio Salado College students also have the advantage of being able to purchase software at the student price. Currently Microsoft office 2007 can be purchased by students for approximately $70. For information about taking a Vista class or any other computer program visit the Rio Salado web site at or call 480.517.8000.

Windows Vista Classes Starting Now
Online through Rio Salado College
Starting every Monday
Levels 1 (beginner) and 2 (advanced)
or call 480.517.8000.