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The BCAE offers a full spectrum of computer classes ranging from basic computer skills to program-specific classes. Learn or improve your skills with Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel classes. Develop your eye for graphic design with classes in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Desktop Publisher, or build a website using Dreamweaver. The BCAE offers the Greater Boston community a variety of excellent and affordable computer classes!

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Microsoft Access is the one of the most widely used databases in the Windows environment. Access's 'Wizards' allows users with basic computer and database skills the ability to construct high-quality Windows informational systems. We'll begin with a review of basic database principles and design considerations, and discuss how to customize the toolbar. You'll learn to create fields, forms, and reports, and get techniques for data organization, search procedures, drop-down lists, joined files, formatting, mailing labels, and graphics. Leave with the skills to harness Access's many features. This course is taught on PCs and requires a working knowledge of Windows. Bring a flash drive to class to save your personal files.

Tuition: $195.00

Member Cost: $166.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Tue, Wed 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 6/27/2017, ending 6/28/2017

Instructor : Robert Volante 

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 Microsoft Excel is one of the most powerful and popular spreadsheet programs and has the ability to make office, school, and home records easy to create and maintain. During this beginner-level course, learn how Excel can help you perform better by understanding the look and feel of the software. Subjects covered include: menu and toolbar commands, text and number formatting, spreadsheet design, and very basic formula construction. Build up your skills through constructive exercises. Students wanting to save their work need to bring a flash drive to class. This course is taught on PC’s utilizing Microsoft Excel 2013. Not sure if this class is right for you? Use this handy guide.

Tuition: $179.00

Member Cost: $155.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM; 3 sessions; starting 7/11/2017, ending 7/25/2017

Instructor : Glen Cabbage 

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If you're looking to learn the basics of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, this is the class for you. One session will be entirely devoted to each program in this 3-session class. The class has a lesson plan, but students are encouraged to let the instructor know if there is a specific skill they'd like to learn at the beginning of the class. Students wanting to save their work need to bring a flash drive to class. This course is taught on PC’s utilizing Microsoft Excel 2013.

Tuition: $185.00

Member Cost: $159.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM; 3 sessions; starting 7/13/2017, ending 7/27/2017

Instructor : Phyllis Mays 

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This is the 1-session intensive version of Microsoft Excel for Beginners. Microsoft Excel is one of the most powerful and popular spreadsheet programs and has the ability to make office, school, and home records easy to create and maintain. During this beginner-level course, learn how Excel can help you perform better by understanding the look and feel of the software. Subjects covered include: menu and toolbar commands, text and number formatting, spreadsheet design, and very basic formula construction. Build up your skills through constructive exercises. Students wanting to save their work need to bring a flash drive to class. This course is taught on PC’s utilizing Microsoft Excel 2013.

Tuition: $85.00

Member Cost: $75.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 1 session on 07/15/2017

Instructor : Michael Toon 

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This class will focus on automated formulas, using formulas across multiple worksheets and files, and using actions to format a document. If time permits students will be given an introduction to pivot tables. This course is taught on PCs utilizing Microsoft Excel 2013 and is designed for users who have experience with Excel. Bring a flash drive to save your personal files. Not sure if this class is right for you? Use this handy guide

Tuition: $85.00

Member Cost: $75.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Sat 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM; 1 session on 07/15/2017

Instructor : Michael Toon 

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Maximize your creativity with Photoshop, the world's most popular application for manipulating digital images. Whether you're a photographer, a graphic designer, or just an enthusiastic hobbyist, you'll learn to harness Photoshop's power to enhance or modify photos, create collages, and even add text to your images. This class is taught using Photoshop CS6 on PCs, but the skills you'll learn are applicable to Macs as well. Students need at least an intermediate level of computer experience; experience with computer graphics and photography is helpful but not required. Bring a flash drive to save your personal files.

Tuition: $189.00

Member Cost: $159.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM; 3 sessions; starting 7/17/2017, ending 7/31/2017

Instructor : Chris Cuddy 

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Packed with features that Quark can't match, InDesign is an essential tool for anyone who wants to work with type and layout design. We'll start by exploring the user interface, showing you how to use basic tools such as layers, master pages, pens, bezier curves, and typographic controls. Through hands-on practice and expert instruction, you'll learn how to work with objects and color, how to import and export files, and more. We'll also demystify some of the "complicated" aspects of desktop publishing, such as managing multiple documents and creating long-form publications. In addition, you'll learn how to export your file to the Web, and how to make your files interactive by adding HTML and XML coding! Taught on PCs using InDesign CS6, this class requires a working knowledge of PCs or Macs.  Bring a flash drive if you'd like to save your personal files.

Tuition: $95.00

Member Cost: $79.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 1 session on 07/29/2017

Instructor : Chris Cuddy 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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Get creative on the computer! Adobe Illustrator is the premier program for creating illustrations and type effects for print design, web design, and desktop publishing. By the end of this beginner’s workshop, students will be able to create a poster using their new skills and will know the basics of file formats in in illustrator for print and web. This is a hands-on workshop. We will work with pencil tools, Bezier curves, typing on a path, creating strokes and geometric shapes, fills, gradients and transparencies. Students will be introduced to layers, type effects and basic layout using Illustrator. Bring a flash drive to save your personal files.

Tuition: $95.00

Member Cost: $79.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Sat 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM; 1 session on 07/29/2017

Instructor : Chris Cuddy 

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Learn to organize your business (or personal) finances and prepare reports in this introductory course. Find out all you need to know to execute personal and small business accounting tasks including tracking your expenses, preparing and sending invoices, preparing financial statements, and managing your budgets with reports and charts. New and prospective users will find this course a great way to join the electronic bookkeeping revolution. An accounting backround is helpful, but not required. Bring a flash drive to class to save your personal files.

Tuition: $159.00

Member Cost: $135.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM; 3 sessions; starting 8/1/2017, ending 8/15/2017

Instructor : Robert Volante 

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*Students need to have already taken our beginner-level class or have previous experience with Excel. Enhance your spreadsheet skills by exploring Excel's more advanced features. We'll cover automated formulas; using formulas across multiple worksheets and files; using actions to format and construct a document; using comments and charts; importing data from other sources; and linking to Microsoft Word. We'll introduce pivot tables, which allow you to easily reorganize and summarize data, and review examples that may be raised by class members. This course is taught on PC’s utilizing Microsoft Excel 2013. Bring a flash drive to class to save your personal files. Not sure if this class is right for you? Use this handy guide.

Tuition: $179.00

Member Cost: $155.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM; 4 sessions; starting 8/2/2017, ending 8/23/2017

Instructor : Glen Cabbage 

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Build your own website and blog easily. Business or personal sites.  Using Wordpress, you'll learn to build, edit, and customize your own website—without any knowledge of HTML. We'll learn both technical setup and creative customizations, tailoring our efforts to the interests and needs of the class. Students should be comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Students should expect an additional expense if they choose to purchase a website domain and host. Week 1: Setting up free WP site. Choosing a theme. Moving around the dashboard, blogs, planning your site. Week 2: Extend WP with Widgets, Plugins. Linking, Menu’s, Refining your Posts. Week 3: Media –Images, PDF’s, etc. Week 4: Beyond Blogging, making WordPress a fully realized site. Week 5: Search Engine Optimization – SEO. More on WordPress themes, changing the look of your site.  

Tuition: $155.00

Member Cost: $135.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM; 4 sessions; starting 8/3/2017, ending 8/24/2017

Instructor : Benjamin Vivante 

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InDesign is an essential software for anyone working with type and layout design. Learn this remarkably intuitive software quickly. Gain skills in document set-up, basic text, pen and beziers, layers, master pages, and typographic controls. Cover how to work with objects, color, and import and export files. Come away with the tools and knowledge needed to harness this new and tremendously effective software. This class is taught on PCs and requires a working knowledge of PCs or Macs. Students need to bring a flash drive to class to save their personal files.

Tuition: $189.00

Member Cost: $159.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM; 3 sessions; starting 8/7/2017, ending 8/21/2017

Instructor : Chris Cuddy 

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