By Jessica Creagan
SEBASTIAN -- Northern Indian River County residents can go to the "old school" to get new schooling on computers and other technological skills thanks to Indian River State College.
The Historic Sebastian School at 1235 Main Street in Sebastian is the home to several courses and programs offered by Indian River State College, including classes for the office administration careers programs.
The courses are scheduled to begin on Sept. 16 and will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Students can train in office computer skills, including the latest Microsoft Office programs, formatting emails, developing spreadsheets and more, said Katie Nall, program director for the college's Mueller campus in Vero Beach.
The office administration careers program is tailored to office administration, medical or legal careers, and the classes teach computer skills with flexible class schedules for people that are in the workforce, or trying to get a job, Ms. Nall said.
Ms. Nall goes to the Sebastian site at least once a week to interact with students and encourage them to brush up on their skills and expand their knowledge base.
The classes are offered as open-entry and exit courses, are self-paced and have an individualized format and no prerequisites are needed to begin the program, a press release said.
The classes are considered vocational classes and no college credit is given, but they can count as continuing education hours or be used for recertification credits, a press release said.
"It's perfect for adults trying to get back into the workforce and want to brush up on their computer skills," Ms. Nall said.
"There are a lot of people out there who want to use their computer for different functions but they don't know where to start and this can help," she said.
The class format is very open and held in a computer lab so students have the opportunity to learn by doing. An adjunct professor is on hand to help answer any questions.
"Some people work full-time and can't spend as long in the classroom, while other students have more time and can get through the work very quickly," Ms. Nall said.
Admission applications are online at www.irsc.edu and the process is easy, she said.
Other courses available at the Sebastian site include introduction to business, advertising, criminal justice, early elementary education and general education classes.
For more information about the office administration careers program other programs available in Indian River County, contact Ms. Nall at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (772) 569-0333.