Information About Classes

Registration for Fall 2018 classes is now open!

Please go to this link to sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/KbNDmt5ID85s2Qyl1 .. 

Class Descriptions:


Computer Skills Training (choose one): Computer for Beginners, Microsoft Excel Beginner or Intermediate, Word Beginner or Intermediate, PowerPoint

Choose one of the six course subjects above at any of the times below.You will be individually tutored by a trained and knowledgeable University undergraduate or graduate student on University computers.Computer skills are learned best in a working laboratory where you use the software and receive guidance in performing tasks.The University LIFT program awards certification in the subject upon successful completion of the entire course.Your learning is maximized and optimized because you have your own tutor.Computer for Beginners covers basic skills, including Internet Explorer, web searches, email, Google Docs, navigating Windows, file maintenance, social media, and an introduction to Microsoft Office applications.

Choose one: Mondays 5:30pm at The Edge downtown, Wednesdays 12:00pm or Wednesdays 5:30pm at Tuscaloosa Gateway, Wednesdays 9:30am at McDonald Hughes Community Center, or  Mondays 9:30am at Holt Senior Center (75 minutes, 9 sessions, one per week).


iPhone & iPad Skills for All Ages

Learn to unlock the potential of your iPhone or iPad with an individual tutor. You will direct the topics covered based on your needs, which may include help with using these functions:(1) Mail, (2) Messages, (3) Calendar, (4) Camera & Photos, (5) Settings, (6) Safari, (7) Apps, (8) security features, and (9) updates.

Choose one: Mondays 5:30pm at The Edge downtown, Wednesdays 12:00pm or Wednesdays 5:30pm at Tuscaloosa Gateway, or Mondays 9:30am at Holt Senior Center (75 minutes, 9 sessions, one per week).


QuickBooks Software & Bookkeeper Training

Learn the bookkeeping and accounting software directly through individual tutoring on University laptops by trained accounting students.The course incorporates an overview of the basics of accounting and financial statements to enhance the value of the software skills. The University LIFT program awards certification in the subject upon successful completion of the entire course.This course prepares participants for jobs that require bookkeeping skills and to assist individuals in running a small business. Basic computer skills are a prerequisite.

Choose one: Mondays12:00pm, Mondays 5:30pm, or Wednesdays 9:00am at The Edge downtown (75 minutes, 9 sessions, one per week).

Professional Development
Enhance your career skills to improve your job marketability and professionalism. Topics include:(1) resumes, (2) interviews, (3) online applications, (4) communication, (5) email etiquette, (6) business attire, (7) career planning and goal-setting, and (8) conflict resolution.This participant-driven, activity-based course will be led by a group of trained University students and guest speakers who will guide the you through the professional curriculum.

Mondays 11:00am at Branscomb Apartments in Tuscaloosa (open to public).

Business Communication
Develop and improve communication skills used in the workplace and in a professional business environment. Topics covered include: (1) planning and executing presentations, (2) producing reports and proposals, (3) adapting your communication to your audience, (4) professional writing skills, and (5) strategies for communication in the workplace.This participant-driven, activity-based course will be led by a group of trained University students, staff, and guest speakers who will guide you through the professional curriculum.

Wednesdays 5:30pm at The Edge downtown (75 minutes, 9 sessions, one per week).

 

GED Exam Preparation

You will be individually tutored by a trained University undergraduate or graduate student using official GED Exam materials. The tutoring will be designed specifically for your needs, based on an assessment or your strengths and weaknesses in math, reading comprehension, language arts, and science. If you are not preparing to take the GED exam, but would like to imporve your reading or math skills, you will also be paried with your own tutor.

Chose one: Mondays at 5:30pm or Tuesdays at 5:30pm at Hasson Community Center in Northport (near downtown Tuscaloosa) (75 minutes, 9 sessions, one per week).

 

Class format:

For computer classes, you will be paired with one other community member of similar ability studying the same subject or you will work by yourself with your own tutor. Your UA student-tutor will guide both of you (or just you individually) through exercises and problems based on a professional academic curriculum we have developed and tested. The material will be learned in a hands-on environment and in an interactive mode. We will proceed at your pace as best we can, slowing down or increasing speed as necessary to achieve maximum learning. The UA student will be trained prior to the start of your classes. Class leaders, graduate assistants, and faculty will supervise the student-tutors.

For financial, math, communication, and professional development classes, the material will be learned in small groups through activities and exercises.

The atmosphere is friendly and informal, but purposeful and productive. Volunteers are encouraged to adapt to the participants' base of knowledge and develop a positive relationship that fosters growth and confidence. Participants will receive individual attention and learn in an optimal environment.

Length and duration of class:
Each class is 75 minutes in length. The classes run for 9 weeks, meeting once a week. Most classes start at the end of January or the beginning of February 2018.

Locations:
The Edge Small Business Development Center in downtown Tuscaloosa ia located at 800 22nd Avenue, at the intersection of 8th Street and 22nd Avenue in between Queen City Ave and Greensboro Ave, behind the federal courthouse and a short walk from the main hub of the bus station. See the map on this website. Please give yourself extra time to find it on the first day so you are not late for class. Parking is easy and available in the Regions Bank parking lot diectly behind the building.

McDonald Hughes Community Center is on the west side of Tuscaloosa on Martin Luther King Blvd, close to Stillman College. The Tuscaloosa Gateway in Alberta is at 2614 University Blvd East, about a mile from the University campus. Hay Court Apartments Community Center is at 4420 21st Avenue in Tuscaloosa near Stillman College. Crescent East Apartments Community Center is at 226 49th Ave East in Tuscaloosa near University Blvd East & Loop Road.

The classes are free; our laptops (for computer classes) and materials are provided to you for use during the class periods.

Expectations of your participation in the class:
We are treating this as an academic course where timeliness and attendance is required. We want this to be a professional and valuable program. You must attend each class in the series unless you have an illness or emergency. If you miss more than 2 classes in the series, you will not be able to receive certification, and we will have to reassign your volunteer. We understand that one class may be missed, but please treat this as a weekly obligation and take it seriously. You will not be able to come to a different class time to make up that session; that is not an option due to the 100% capacity of all of our classes. If you cannot make this commitment, consider taking the class at another time when you can commit to the class once a week.