TUSD, Senior Center have adults covered

Louise Records and I had lunch the other day to discuss computer instruction in Tustin. Louise offers a wonderful set of classes through the Tustin Unified School District's Adult Education Program. I primarily am associated with classes that are offered through the Tustin Area Senior Center.

Part of our discussion was to explore whether our classes overlap and what else possibly should be offered to enhance the computer experience for our respective communities.

Louise offers a series of classes of varying length. Two are eighteen weeks long and are aimed somewhat at people who are using the computer in a work environment. They cover Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office Suite, E-mail and the Internet. These are offered both during the day and in the evening.

Four evening workshops also are offered and are of five or six week duration. Two are the very popular "Computers for Scardey Cats," that are for the "computer illiterate." These are great for real beginners who want to learn basics, starting with how to turn the thing on and off. Other classes cover the Internet and Microsoft Excel.

The Tustin Area Senior Center offers a range of classes from beginning and intermediate Windows through Internet, Email and Scanning for fun.

Louise and I decided that we really didn't overlap much since we are serving different communities. Many of her students are trying to learn a skill set that can be used to further their careers. The students in the Senior Center programs primarily are interested in the computer to enhance their life experience.

The Tustin Adult School recently upgraded their computer laboratory with new computers and workstations. They did this because their charter, through the State of California, is to offer these skill enhancing programs.

The Tustin Area Senior Center is in the planning stages for a new computer laboratory-classroom that will allow the expansion of programs for the adult and senior population who are seeking life enhancing programs.

Both of our organizations are trying to upgrade our infrastructures to offer better parking, more comfortable facilities and better security to make people comfortable taking both daytime and evening classes.

The winners in this round of upgrading are the citizens of the community. They are lucky that such programs are offered in such wide variety to meet almost any personal requirements. To further enhance these offerings, both Louise and I would like community input. Are there other computer subjects you would like to see offered? What times of day are best for classes? What are your interests?

Louise can be reached at and I am at

To get information on current offerings, contact the Tustin Area Senior Center at 714.573.3340 and the Tustin Adult School at 714.730.7395. Take advantage of these community resources.

On another subject, Kenneth Taft, a senior from Irvine, came to 'Coffee and Computers' last Friday at the invitation of John Ellis. Ken has written a very funny little booklet called "Gramp's Ride to Cyberspace," relating his experiences as a novice with a new computer. It's very amusing with stories such as 'Advanced Training' relating how to press Start to Stop and other fun examples as Gramps learns to use his new computer. For more information or copies, contact Ken at

If you would like to hear more about computer instruction in Tustin, or other computer topics, visit "Coffee and Computers" at the Tustin Area Senior Center, 200 S. 'C' Street any Friday morning starting at 9 a.m. Bring your questions or just come in and visit.

In the mean time, keep the neurons happy, synapses snapping and enjoy computing.


Dr. Art Holub is a long time resident of Tustin and teaches computer and Internet courses at the Tustin Area Senior Center and the Tustin Adult School. Visit his web site at: This column is written to address the computer adventures and concerns of older adults. If you have comments, questions or suggestions for future columns, Email HIM at:

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