Fairfield Ledger

Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 24, 2016

Extension offering free computer class

■ Jefferson County ISU Extension director Stan Hughes is asking community members for suggestions on what classes, programming they would like to see.
By VICKI TILLIS, Ledger lifestyles editor | Sep 28, 2016
PHOTO SUBMITTED The free computer classes organized by Jefferson County ISU Extension and Outreach are held at the Indian Hills Community College Jefferson Center.

The Jefferson County ISU Extension and Outreach office is offering a free computer workshop focusing on Excel II from 10-11:45 a.m. Oct. 5 at the Indian Hills Community College Jefferson Center in Fairfield.

Rachel Thompson of Iowa Works will instruct the class, but Stan Hughes, director of Jefferson County ISU Extension and Outreach, also will address the attendees.

Hughes plans to introduce himself and describe programming available through ISU Extension in areas including agriculture, family life, nutrician, community development and more.

Hughes explained he listens to attendees’ comments and suggestions and then reaches out to ISU Extension specialists to have related classes offered locally.

“I am trying to see what the public wants, and then trying to create it,” he said.

For example, Hughes continued, the recent Home Improvement Week was based on comments Hughes had heard. The special week featured five free classes on: building science and weatherization, sealing a home, exterior painting, old window restoration and historic preservation. The presenters were Fairfield resident and ISU field specialist Scott Timm, historic preservation and planning specialist Bob Yapp, and Bill McAnnally, one of the most trusted and well-respected building professionals in Iowa.

“We are also working on putting together a grant-writing workshop as well,” said Hughes. “People can RSVP for the grant- writing class; we are looking for at least 10 or more to sign up.”

No registration is necessary for the free computer class Oct. 5.

“Just show up,” said Hughes. “We average a good six to eight people [at previous computer classes]. That’s pretty good, but we’d love to see more. ... A whole lot of people are asking for these computer classes.”

Hughes added that community members can call the Extension office at 472-4166 for information about scheduled classes or to let the staff know what classes and programming they would like to see offered locally.

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