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Computer Competencies

You are required to have certain computer competencies before entering your program.

Instructors will assume that you have the following skills on the first day of class:

  • Ability to create directories
  • Ability to find files
  • Ability to save files to removable media
  • Ability to use a web browser and search the Internet
  • Familiarity with a word processing program
  • Familiarity with a spreadsheet program
  • Familiarity with a computer operating system (Windows or MacOS)
  • Have and use an e-mail account

To acquire these skills, students may take courses at a community continuing education program, a computing-training center, or community college. These skills can also be self taught with the help of a textbook (such as the Visual Quickstart series) or the instruction manual for the specific software.

To build on your skills, visit the following sites: